Estimated Time Needed
5 days, 45 minutes per day
Sees Behind Trees by Michael Dorris is the story of a boy who overcomes a physical deficit and finds his own unique strengths in the process. After failing at a ritual required by his tribe for passage into manhood, the main character is frustrated and embarrassed. But with his mother’s help, he discovers a way to work around his physical challenge. In this 5th grade unit, students trace the story’s symbolic use of moss, which is directly related to the main character’s goal, as well as the sash that plays a key role in uncovering his talents. Students will examine and discuss the story’s plot and characters, supporting their observations with evidence from the text.
The unit is structured in the following way:
Before the lesson . . .
During the lesson . . .
Culminating Assignment and Additional tasks . . .
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