Students read literary and informational texts about how Native Americans and global explorers laid the foundation for the United States. Students understand and express their understanding of how we learn about our past and how that impacts who we are are today by writing about character and theme development and discussing how point of view is important for constructing meaning.
The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich
The First Americans by Joy Hakim
Before Columbus: The Americas of 1491 by Charles C. Mann
Excerpt from “A Letter to the Treasurer of Spain” by Christopher Columbus
“Columbus” by Joaquin Miller
Pedro’s Journal by Pam Conrad
Compare and Contrast
Cause and Effect
Comprehension Cold Read Tests - weekly
Essay Writing - One each 9 weeks
Group/Class Participation - 100 Point grade each 9 weeks
Extra Credit Opportunity: Maximum 25 points earned with every AR point earned and/or each 100 on a Digital Readworks passage.