This unit addresses the following Language Arts Common Core State Standards:
Reading: Informational Text
RI.2.1 – Key Ideas and Details: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
Students will research American Indian tribes native to New England. Using the close reading strategy, they will strive to answer such questions as who the Indians are, where they live, what their lifestyle was, and is, like, why they lived in New England in the manner that they did and do,and how their lives have been impacted.
RI.2.5 – Craft and Structure: Know and use various text features (e.g. captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.
Using informational text, students will find, through close reading, the specific information on American Indians located in the various text features. The glossaries and indexes will be helpful as they compile their research for the final project of the curriculum unit.
Additionally, this unit satisfies the following New Haven Public School Social Studies standards:
Recognize the importance of historical thinking and knowledge in our lives.
Seek historical background when confronted with problems and issues of the past.
Locate places within their own communities.
Students will be traveling around New Haven on various field trips as they build their knowledge and understanding of the native people that lived here before them. The research projects will be vehicles to show their learning of how the American Indians lived in New England and how they handled problems and issues as the settlers arrived.