This Launching the Mystery: What’s That Symbol? lesson plan also includes:
Cynthia O’Brien’s two-page article, “The (Really) Great Law of Peace,” launches a unit study of Iroquois, the Iroquois Confederacy, and the Iroquois Constitution. The first instructional activity in the series scaffolds for and sets the protocols for the rest of the unit. To build their close reading skills, learners practice a “I Notice/I Wonder” routine, recording observations and questions about the article and a short video on the included graphic organizer. The richly detailed plan also includes step-by-step directions for the suggested activities, starter sentences for a think-pair-share activity that asks readers to provide details and examples from the article, and an image of the Iroquois flag. Although access to O’Brien’s article is limited, the instructional activity and the unit are worth the effort.