This product is a two-page pdf file to correspond with the Native American legend “The Flying Head” as found in the book “Legends of the Iroquois”.
The printable handout requires to students to read the story, either independently or with a partner, then determine the theme, or central idea, of the story and write an objective summary without opinions or judgements. The activities correspond with the CCLS in reading.
The printable has the standards addressed and the page number “The Flying Head” can be found on in the book “Legends of the Iroquois” or by conducting a Google search of the title “The Flying Head” story.
First, the students state the theme of the story. Then, they work backwards to find text examples from the plot that contribute to the theme or central idea. The students copy the information into a graphic organizer. Then, independently, they write a short response which they give an objective summary of the story. To write an objective summary, students should avoid pronouns and opinions to make a conclusive summary. This is a skill which is often overlooked.
I teach this story with a seventh grade ELA class, but could be done in upper elementary school or a Social Studies class as well. This activity could be expanded upon to peer conference and re-write. My students found this story entertaining and I thought the lesson’s objectives were met.
I have created a two-week unit which is aligned to the New York State Common Core Standards in English Language Arts. It is aligned in chronological order of the book and uses some additional resources as well. It can be found here.