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Akiak
Before the
Lesson
  • Before Teaching
    • 1. Read the Big Ideas and Key Understandings and the Synopsis below. Please do not read these to the students. They provide a description for teachers about the Big Ideas and Key Understandings that students should take away after completing this task.

      2. Read entire main selection text, keeping in mind the Big Ideas and Key Understandings.

      3. Re-read the main selection text while noting the stopping points for the Text-dependent Questions and Vocabulary.

  • Big Ideas and Key Understandings
    • Sometimes, winning requires courage and there is more than one way to win.

  • Synopsis
    • Akiak is the story of a dog that wants to win the Iditarod with her owner, Mick. Akiak, however, is injured and is disqualified from finishing the race. Rather than return home, she follows Mick and the team of dogs to the finish line.

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