Before writing a narrative story about one day in the life of a Northwest Coast Indian their age, students will be introduced to the topic through reading two informative texts and one poem, and answering research questions on the topic. Students may take notes on what they read. Students should also have access to the texts throughout the performance task. After reading, students will then respond individually to selected-response items and constructed-response items.
Finally, students will work individually to compose a full-length narrative story about one day in the life of a Northwest Coast Indian their age, before the European settlers arrived. Students should remember to include the narrative structure of a beginning, middle and end. Students may also refer to their notes or passages as needed. Drafting and revising will be involved.
Scorable Products:Student responses to the constructed-response, selected-response and matching questions in part 1 and the essay in part 2 will be scored.
Teacher preparation/Resource requirements: The teacher should ensure that sufficient blank paper and writing utensils are available for student note taking. Teacher should conduct standard preparation, registration, etc., for computer-based testing. The testing software will include access to spell check but not to grammar check.
Living as an Early Northwest Coast Indian Narrative Performance Task
This school year your class has been writing to pen pals from a 3rd grade class in Yakima, Washington (see the map below). Your pen pals have been studying about the early Plateau Indians who lived in Eastern Washington. Your class has been studying the lives of the early Northwest Coast Indians who lived in the Pacific Northwest.
To share your learning, your teacher has asked you to write a narrative story about one day in the life of a Northwest Coast Indian your age, before the European settlers arrived. You will send your story to your pen pal.
After you have looked at these sources, you will answer some questions about them. Briefly scan the sources and the three questions that follow. Then, go back and read the sources carefully so you will have the information you will need to answer the questions and write a narrative story.
In Part 2, you will write a narrative story using information you have read.
Directions for beginning:
You will now look at three sources. You can look at either of the sources as often as you like.
After looking at the sources, use the rest of the time in Part 1 to answer three questions about them. Your answers to these questions will be scored. Also, your answers will help you think about the information you have read and looked at, which should help you write your narrative story.
You may look at the sources as often as you think it would be helpful. You may also look at your notes. Answer the questions in the spaces below them.
Note Guidelines for Source #1: Life of the Early Northwest Coast Indians