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lesson 9
1 hour

Writing to Explain: Gathering Details and Organizing Paragraphs


Lead a brief class discussion about the purpose of wampum in the Haudenosaunee culture as well as what the purpose is of the images on the belts. Remind students of the wampum belt they created in the previous lesson. They should have created a belt that connects to an idea in Thanksgiving Address and “Birth of the Haudenosaunee”.

Explain that they will be writing a paragraph about their wampum belt for the end of the unit assessment. Today they will begin the planning for that paragraph.


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Bilingual Language Progressions

These resources, developed by the New York State Education Department, provide standard-level scaffolding suggestions for English Language Learners (ELLs) to help them meet grade-level demands. Each resource contains scaffolds at multiple levels of language acquisition and describes the linguistic demands of the standards to help ELA teachers as well as ESL/bilingual teachers scaffold content for their English learning students.



From of the New York State Education Department. Grade 4 ELA Module 1A, Unit 1, Lesson 9. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29. Newer versions may exist from Expeditionary Learning.
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