NYS ELA Module Materials Grade 4
Module 1A (Units 1, 2 & 3)
Eagle Song (350346)
Joseph Bruchac; Lexile: 680L; multiple books, IJ, 1997
Fourth-grader Danny Bigtree is having trouble adjusting to his big-city school — he's homesick for the Mohawk reservation where his family used to live, and he wishes he could make a friend. The kids in his class, from a variety of backgrounds themselves, tease him about what they perceive to be his roots: "Hey, Chief, going home to your teepee?" Danny has learned from experience not to correct them; they don't care that the Iroquois used to live in longhouses and that he lives in an apartment building now. At home, the usual stereotypes are turned upside-down. Whenever Danny's dad puts on his Hollywood Indian voice, Danny knows a joke is coming, and the whole family shares in the laughter. Danny longs for the warmth of his home life to dispel the loneliness of his Brooklyn school, and so his father agrees to help, coming to Danny's class to tell the legend of the great leader, Aionwahta (Hiawatha), and his song of peace.
The Iroquois: The Six Nations Confederacy (350361)
Mary Englar; multiple books, PI, 2003
Looks at the customs, family life, history, government, culture, and daily life of the Iroquois nations of New York and Ontario.
Grade 4 Module 1A, Unit 1: Recommended Texts
Michael Dorris; Lexile: 850L; multiple books, IJ, 1994
A story about Thanksgiving from the point of view of the hosts: the Native Americans who were kind enough to share what they had with the Pilgrims. Moss, a young boy who is unhappy with the white strangers' intrusion, sets out on a journey of self-discovery, which will change his life forever.
Brother Eagle, Sister Sky (350434)
Chief Seattle; Lexile: 740L; multiple books, PI, 1991
"How can you buy the sky? How can you own the rain and the wind?" So begin the moving words attributed to agreat American Indian chief--Chief Seattle--over 100 years ago. They are words that eloquently capture the central belief of Native Americans: that this earth and every creature on it is sacred. It is this belief that inspired Susan Jeffers' extraordinary full-color paintings.
Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message (350439)
Chief Jake Swamp; Lexile: 1040L; multiple books, PIJ, 1995
Giving Thanks is a special children's version of the Thanksgiving Address, a message of gratitude that originated with the Native people of upstate New York and Canada and that is still spoken at ceremonial gatherings held by the Iroquois, or Six Nations.
Sequoyah : The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing (350433)
James Rumford; Lexile: AD700L; multiple books, PI, 2004
While walking through a forest of sequoias, a father tells his family the story of the tree's namesake. Sequoyah was a Cherokee man who invented a system of writing for his people. His neighbors feared the symbols he wrote and burned down his home. All of his work was lost, but, still determined, he tried another approach. The Cherokeepeople finally accepted the written language after Sequoyah taught his six-year-old daughter to read.