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Unit 4 The Birchbark House

Unit Goal:

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.                        

Texts:                                                                                                                  

The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich                                                                                                 Native American Girl

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

Skills:                                                                                                                             

Context Clues

Figurative Language

Characterization

Compare and Contrast

Text Structure

Fluency

Poetry Analization

Summarizing

Theme

Point-of-View

Cause and Effect

Essay Writing

Assessments:

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.

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