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This unit is designed to accompany the book “Legends of the Iroquois” by Tehanetorens. This is a deep study of Native American folklore which focuses on a specific standard in each lesson. The unit is completely printable and set up for each class day. It is highly engaging and meaningful.
Other materials will need to be provided by the teacher to complete the unit in its entirety. The teacher will need a copy of the children’s books “Brother Eagle, Sister Sky” and “The Rough Faced Girl”. The unit has been redesigned and is aligned to specific Common Core leaning standards.
The product is a Zip file containing individual folders for each day of the unit. Each day contains the printables for the lesson and a PowerPoint (if applicable).
Day 1: Native American Vocabulary: (L.7.3, L.7.4)
8 page printable with 20 vocabulary words that are found in the legends and an assessment with key.
26 slide PowerPoint presentation
2 page lesson plan
Day 2: “How Man Got Into the Moon”: (R.7.3, RL.7.5)
3 page printable which includes the short legend of how man “got” into the moon with a corresponding plot pyramid. There is a ticket out the door which compares the story to a poem with the same general theme.
16 slide PowerPoint presentation (sounds may not work)
Day 3: “Conservation as the Indian Saw It” p.28-32 and “Brother Eagle, Sister Sky”: (RL.7.9)
17 slide PowerPoint presentation
9 page printable to correspond with the lesson.
Day 4: “Gift of the Great Spirit” p. 33 & “Thunder Boy” p.41: (RL.7.1)
4 page printable
7 slide PowerPoint presentation
Day 5: “The Rough Faced Girl” & “The Flying Head” p.52 (RL.7.2a
2, 4 page printables. (This takes about 2 days)
2, PowerPoint presentations
Day 6: “The Discovery of Fire, a Tradition” p. 69-71 (RL.7.9)
Pair this story with the two additional stories about the origin of fire to compare and contrast. 6 page printable with a one page printable “ticket out the door”.
28 Slide PowerPoint presentation
Day 7: “Why We Have Mosquitos” p. 84-89
Use one page printable comic strip as a creative way to re-write the legend using Native American symbols and paraphrasing.
Day 8: “Song of the Hermit Thrush” p.90-95
Pair the 4 page printable
14 slide PowerPoint presentation to read, analyze and make a poetry comparison with this folktale.
Day 9: “The Seven Dancers” p. 96-101 (RL.7.3)
Use this story to develop a plot diagram where students will label elements of the plot to identify central conflict developing through conflict and theme. There is a one page printable analyzing Paul Goble excerpts then an additional printable to address how the events in the plot influence each other.
4 page printable
Day 10: Vocabulary Assessment (included in day one printables)