The anchor text for these sources is “The Iroquois: The Six Nations Confederacy” by Mary Englar.
Students use Close Reading Skills to analyze each chapter. As they read, students answer PARCC/LEAP formatted questions for the following skills:
RI.4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
RI.4.4 Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.
RI.4.2 Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details.
RI.4.7 Interpret information presented visually and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.
RI.4.8 Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.
For Chapter 1, students write for the prompt:
You have read Chapter 1 from “The Iroquois: The Six Nations Confederacy.” Think about the illustrations from the passage and how they help the reader learn more about the Iroquois,
Write a paragraph explaining what can be learned from the illustrations about the lives of the Iroquois described in the chapter. Include details from the text so support your answer.
W.4.2 Write informative explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
*Do not read p. 24 as a class titled Wampum because it is used for the assessment at the end of the book.
After reading the book, the students complete an assessment based on the format of questions from the chapters, using a section of the text on p. 24 titled, Wampum.