Essential Questions

  • What was the purpose and audience of Native American origin stories and oral traditions?
  •  How we can we use textual evidence to support our answers when responding to literature


  • Get a copy of an American literature textbook.
  • Get your writer’s notebook.
  • Begin the writer’s notebook prompt


  • LA11 C.29: write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences (I)
  • LA11.A.1: cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain (I)
  • LA11.A.2: determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text (I)
  • LA11.D.30: initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (e.g., one-on- one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11–12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively (I)

Learning Activities
1. Writer’s Notebook #3
2. Share Aloud notebook responses for bonus points on today’s daily work
3. Reading Stations:  Brief background notes on historical background early American voices and writing genres: Native Americans, Native American traditions, origin myths and oral tradition, travel journals, and slave narratives. Complete the graphic organizer for notes.  Students may work alone or with a partner.  Time for station work is 35 minutes.

4. Those who finish early will begin reading the first story on p. 16. If time permits, we will read together.

  • Time for class Q&A
  • Clean up room and supplies from station rotation activity


Turn in your station rotation graphic organizer.

• Sign up for our class blog and our class Remind account.

• You should be working on and in your spare time.
• Return the signed syllabus form by Friday, August 18, 2017.