This pack includes an informational page for 14 different Native American tribes. Each page has five paragraphs organized in the following way:
Location and Shelter
Where They Are Now
Also included are five close reading worksheets that can be used over and over again with the different passages so students become expert close readers! There are also many ideas about how to use the passages for cross curricular lessons integrating Social Studies and Language Arts.
Close Reading Skills
• Model reading one or two Native American passages for your students, highlighting key words and then completing the assigned worksheet with help from students. Then have students work in pairs to read and highlight key words to complete the same sheet but with a different Native American passage.
• Place your students into groups of four and assign each student a tribe to research and an assigned worksheet to complete. Have groups come back together and share what they learned using the worksheet.
Writing & Reading Skills
• Cut out the paragraph about shelters for each tribe. Have students draw the different shelters then compare and contrast them (you can do this with the clothing, food, and traditions paragraphs from each passage as well).
• Have students find key words. Model highlighting keywords over the course of a few days using two or three passages. Then have students practice highlighting key words as you read aloud, finally have students read and highlight on their own as an assessment using yet another passage.
• Have students find the main idea and detail for each paragraph. The first two or three passage can be used to model, then have students work in pairs to find the main idea and detail of another passage, finally use yet another passage to assess.
Speaking and Listening Skills
• Assign pairs to a tribe and have them work together to create a PowerPoint presentation using key words from their passage.
• Assign a tribe to pairs of students and have them create a poster with pictures describing what they learned about their tribe. Have each pair present their poster to the class.
• Assign a tribe to pairs and have them summarize what they learned about their tribe using a jigsaw activity where pairs rotate around, teaching each other.
• Have a class discussion about why so many Native Americans were forced off their land and made to live on reservations.