Use nonfiction as students read Native American Myths and connect them to an excerpt from the book, No Impact Man by Colin Beavan. The readings engage your students with topics about the environment and consumerism, and could make an excellent STEM connection.
To begin, students complete an anticipation guide with statements about nature and the environment. A handout with pre-reading strategies prepares them for a myth reading jigsaw activity, which is an excellent way to differentiate instruction. As part of their reading, students complete readings of a selection of six Native American Myths by James Mooney including “How the World Was Made,” “The Origin of Strawberries,” “The Snake Boy,” and others.
The lesson culminates with a writing assignment from a menu of activities. By giving students choices, teachers are able to differentiate their instruction and meet the needs of diverse students. This lesson incorporates all strands of the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) Anchor Standards.
This 30 page product includes the following: explicit lesson plan with identified ELA Common Core Anchor Standards, handouts with anticipation guide, journal & informational reading, myths, jigsaw handouts, No Impact Man excerpt and post-reading questions, menu of writing activities, peer review guide, rubrics, and sample keys.
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