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The Sign of the Beaver
Track # 48227
Annotations by:  Trudy Farrell
 Track Category
Middle (5-9)
Language Arts
Social Sciences
Last Modified:
Apr 24, 2001
Extended learning
 Track Description
While reading "The Sign of the Beaver," fifth grade students will be able to: (1) Compare/contrast Indian folktales, (2) Maintain a diary from one of the character's point of view, (3) Use a variety of reading skills to respond to literature, (4) Develop chapter titles from the main idea (event) of each chapter. (5) Design a "Wanted" poster based on their interpretations from descriptions of a character in the book. (6) Utilize the Internet to play a game that reinforces vocabulary. (7) Recognize similes and decipher meanings. This unit was chosen to address the learning gap in students' difficulties in reading comprehension and reading on grade level. The 5th grade Language Arts 3-5 cluster Reading content standard states that "the student will develop the reading skills necessary for word recognition, comprehension, interpretation, analysis, evaluation, and appreciation of the written text." Learner Expectations for this standard include the following: "Experience and develop interest in literature which includes multicultural, gender, and ethnic diversity; Use comprehension strategies to enhance understanding, to make predictions, and to respond to literature; Improve comprehension by interpreting, analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating written text; and Identify and interpret figurative language." Upon completion of this unit, students will have used higher order thinking skills to respond to literature and will have combined what they learned with other things they know to create new ideas as stated in the Profiler survey.
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