In the second unit, students read an informational text to deepen their knowledge of the Haudenosaunee with a focus on determining main ideas and supporting details, notetaking, using context clues to determine word meanings, fluency, and paragraph writing. The midunit ondemand assessment gauges students’ ability to analyze a new section of text about the Iroquois on their own. At the end of Unit 2, students draw evidence from the informational text to describe how the lives of the Haudenosaunee have changed and remained the same over time. (W.4.9)
This unit includes an optional independent reading project using the literary text Eagle Song by Joseph Bruchac (680L). The reading will focus on character development and the experiences of a contemporary Mohawk boy living in New York City. Lesson plans and writing activities are included in the packet. This packet will be available Summer 2014. Each chapter for Eagle Song contains an accompanying lesson and each chapter is addressed in the Tracking my Thinking Independent Reading Packet. It is important to note for planning purposes that the lesson times for Eagle Song vary considerably; some lessons are full 60 minute lessons, and some are 15. There is an optional assessment as well.