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
- 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.
- 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.
· 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.