Title: Native Americans: Hopi
Grade Level Expectation: Third Grade Writing to Learn
Standards and Benchmarks:
Colorado State Standards:
Content Area: Reading, Writing, and Communicating Standard: 3. Writing and Composition
Concepts and skills students master:
2. A writing process is used to plan, draft, and write a variety of informational texts
a. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly. (CCSS: W.3.2)
i. Introduce a topic and group related information together; include illustrations when useful to aiding comprehension. (CCSS: W.3.2a)
ii. State main ideas and include sufficient details or facts for appropriate depth of information (naming, describing, explaining, comparing, use of visual images)
iii. Develop the topic with facts, definitions, and details. (CCSS: W.3.2b)
iv. Use linking words and phrases (e.g., also, another, and, more, but) to connect ideas within categories of information. (CCSS: W.3c)
v. Provide a concluding statement or section. (CCSS: W.3.2d)
Resources and Materials:
If You Lived With the Hopi by Anne Kamma, Scholastic (1999)
The lower groups will read and discuss the book in small guided groups. The higher group will read the book independently and discuss it in guided reading group.
The stories will be assessed according to the students reading and writing ability.
Preparing Students for the Lesson:
In Social Studies discuss the five main regions the Native Americans inhabited.
Come to group prepared.
Be respectful of classmates.
One person talks at a time during discussions.
Teaching the Lesson (Lesson Sequence/
Teacher Input, Modeling, & Checking for Understanding
1. In guided reading group read and discuss If You Lived With the Hopi.
2. After reading, assign the students to pretend they lived with the Hopi tribe 100 years ago. Write a story describing what your life is like. Tell about how you learned, what kind of a house you lived in, the types of foods you ate, the clothing you wear, and any other parts of your life that you think are important.
Extension Activity: Illustrate your story. Remember to include details.
3. Share the stories in small groups and discuss.
The students will be assessed on the details and descriptions they provide about the Hopi in their stories. As well as their comments and participation in the discussion that shows their understanding of the Hopi people.
Notes & Reflections: