Evaluating Fiction About Native Americans

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English Language Arts
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School name: 
Amherst Regional Middle School
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Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools

7th and 8th grade students will learn to use an online database to identify literature about a topic and to read literary reviews by authoritative sources.  Students will then compare the reviews of an award-winning book about Native Americans from published sources with a review written by highly regarded Native American academic to understand that there is often more than one viewpoint and that all literature should be read critically. Finally, students will practice finding reviews from differing perspectives using other novels about Native Americans.  These lessons will take place during three separate visits to the library during which students learn best practices for selecting literature for independent reading.  The lessons will be relatively short since students will also need time to select and check out books.