By Victoria Garrett Jones

Copyright Date: 2010

Published by: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.

Lexile Reading Level: 1200

Grade Level Recommendation: 5th Grade

Common Core State Standard: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.5.4.a
Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.

Suggested Delivery: Independent

Key Vocabulary:

  • tribe: any group of people united by ties of descent from a common ancestor, community of customs or traditions, adherence to the same leaders.
  • elders: of high rank, someone who has a great deal of wisdom.
  • primitive: being the first or earliest of the kind or in existence, especially in an early age of the world.
  • monarch: a hereditary sovereign, as a king, queen, or emperor
  • empire: a group of nations or people ruled by an emperor, empress, or other powerful government.
  • Settlement: a settling of people in a new country or place.
  • symbolism: the practice of representing things by symbols, or of investing things with a symbolic meaning or character.
  • aristocracy: a group or governing body usually made up of a small privileged class.
  • rations: a fixed portion of an item usually food, distributed during periods when supplies are short in demand.

Reading Strategies:

  • Before:  Talk to students about note taking strategies for nonfiction.  A few important features to discuss would be:
    • Bolded words in the text
    • Chapter titles and subtitles
    • Pictures and their captions
    • The timeline in the beginning of the book
    • The glossary
  • During:  Provide students with note taking sheets.  For students who may need a more guidance, ask provide a more of a reading guide with questions that they can focus on while reading.
  • After: Give students a chance to make a Venn diagram to compare facts from the book to things they thought they knew about Pocahontas.

Writing Activity Suggestion: 

Ask the students to write about the importance of the book reading a nonfiction book.  Ask them to identify a few reading strategies they used to help them understand the story better.  Have them write down 3-5 facts that they learned while reading the book.

Electronic Resources:

·       Sterling Biographies – This is a great resource for people who are looking for other informational biographies.  There are over 40 different books in the series about a wide range of influential people.

·       Introducing Students to Nonfiction – Scholastic teachers has a 5 day unit plan written up to help teachers with teaching nonfiction sources.

·       Nonfiction Note-Taking Sheet – Printable PDF file for students to use as the read a nonfiction book.





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