How the Chipmunk Got Its Stripes: a Legend of the Iroquois

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Have you ever wondered about a chipmunk's stripes? Read a short passage featuring the Iroquois legend about the chipmunk and his stripes, and answer five comprehension questions about the plot, the theme, and the unfamiliar vocabulary.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Include in a language arts packet for weekly homework
  • Bring to your unit on origin stories or pourquoi tales
  • Challenge learners to write a different explanation for the chipmunk's stripes, using the same story format as the reading passage
  • Add to a unit about Native American legends or when studying the Iroquois tribe in particular
  • Have learners write a persuasive essay about the benefits of being in the dark all the time versus seeing the sunlight 
Classroom Considerations
  • The story is a little scary at the end (the stripes are from Bear's claw marks), and might be upsetting to more sensitive readers
  • Each question includes a line for learners to note their confidence in the answer which might be distracting to some readers
  • A good addition to your focus on pourquoi stories
  • Questions address a variety of comprehension skills
  • Comes with an answer key for easy assessment
  • None
Common Core