Grade 5Language Arts

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Focus: Students develop reading, writing, listening, and thinking skills through engagement with informational text in the Student Reader Maya, Aztec, and Inca. Students explore the complex civilizations developed by the Maya, Aztec, and Inca prior to the arrival of Europeans. Students learn about the geography of each region. They learn about the innovations and discoveries made in these civilizations, and read some of their myths. Students use the writing process to write an informative or explanatory report that compares and contrasts the three civilizations. Lessons include explicit instruction in grammar, morphology, and spelling.

Number of Lessons: 15

Lesson Time: 90 minutes each. Each lesson may be divided into shorter segments.

Additional Search Terms: ancient civilizations • Native Americans • fragments and run-on sentences • action and linking verbs

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