Building Background Knowledge: The Dinka Tribe (“Loss of Culturally Vital Cattle Leaves Dinka Tribe Adrift in Refugee Camps” Excerpt 1)

Text annotations help readers track important ideas. Pupils continue reading and annotating an informational article about Sudanese tribes, making connections between it and A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. They also begin writing about their understanding of the experiences of the Dinka and Nuer tribes of South Sudan.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Provide sentence frames to support English language learners with writing
Classroom Considerations
  • Serves as the 13th of 14 consecutive lessons from the Grade 7 ELA Module 1, Unit 1 series
  • Requires a document camera and access to the anchor chart from lesson two
Pros
  • Provides extensive teaching notes 
  • Offers several strategies for differentiated instruction
Cons
  • None
Common Core