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Native American Myths (Prentice Hall's Literature) American Lit. EDITABLE/KEYS

Kirk's Corner
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This file includes a two day lesson bundle using Native American Origin Myths as found in the Prentice Hall Literature: American Experience Edition.

1. On Turtle's Back
2. When Grizzlies Walked Upright
3. Navajo Origin Myth
4. Cherokee Origin of Fire (not in the textbook but included because this is used for modeling)

What's included:
This lesson divides the class in three groups to study an origin myth, draft it as a play, perform it, and discuss archetypes and themes across multiple texts. Please note this lesson was created for a 75 minute block and took two days of class time to complete. Students also were assigned homework to complete the reading guide and text-dependent questions, and students were held accountable for this with the included reading quiz for the second day.

~ Detailed lesson plans with notes on pacing and implementation.
~ Editable PPT with 30 slides to guide instruction and follow the lesson plan.
~ Student handouts of a reading quiz, reading guide, and answer key for each story in both PDF and DOC formatting.
~ Student handouts for literary text comparison (answer key included) in both PDF and DOC formatting.
~ Student Model of a different intended to model expectations of what to complete for credit.
~ Writing Focus: Each story comes with text-dependent questions requiring student to answer the question with evidence and then tell where the evidence was found. Additionally, after the comparison task students have a constructed response for analyzing how archetypes lead to themes.

Skills Covered: Writing, Constructed Response, using evidence to answer text-dependent questions, origin myths, archetypes, theme.

From American Literature Module 1: Beginnings to 1800 as featured in my English III course. The text referenced is Prentice Hall's Literature: American Experience Edition.

Breakdown of Pages:
Full Product DOC - 29 pages
Full Product PDF - 29 pages
Full Teaching PPT - 30 slides

Total Pages
88 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
2 hours
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11–12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.


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