Reading Analysis: “Indian Boyhood”

Students will read and analyze a letter and then answer a short, three-question, multiple choice quiz for formative assessment.

This Common Core-aligned reading lesson kicks off this family-centered reading lesson series. The lesson arc follows a grandchild who visits Grandmother’s house. Your students follow in the footsteps of the grandchild on their visit.

In this first lesson, students will read a passage from Ohiye S’a/Charles Alexander Eastman’s book, Indian Boyhood. Students will read and analyze the excerpt, immerse themselves in Native American adventure, and then answer a short, multiple choice quiz for formative assessment (the PDF quiz is three questions. If you need more, you can edit the DOCX file to add more of your own).

Idea: You can customize the lesson as you see fit. As an example, indigenous communities experience close relationships with their grandmothers and look up to them as keepers of tradition and the old ways. You can customize the lesson setting, themes as needed.

Lesson Plan Overview

Passage and Quiz

DOCX Version – Editable.

PDF Version – Ready to go.

Making Camp Premium

Tie in Making Camp Premium or Spirit Lake for interactive math practice as well as incorporating Native American history and culture.

Standards Addressed

Common Core State Standards for Grade 5 Reading

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.6
Describe how a narrator’s or speaker’s point of view influences how events are described.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.1
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.2
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.5.4
Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

Missouri Learning Standards (MLS)

  • Reading 1A (5.R.1.A.c) – Develop and apply skills to the reading process.
  • Develop and demonstrate reading skills in response to text by monitoring comprehension and making corrections and adjustments when understanding breaks down
  • Reading Foundations 3A (5.RF.3.A.a-b) – Understand how English is written and read.
  • Develop phonics in the reading process by those tasks described in a-b.
  • Speaking/Listening 1A (5.SL.1.A.a-d) – Listen for a purpose.
  • Purpose – Develop and apply effective listening skills and strategies in formal and informal settings by following SL.1.A. a-d.

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