How do we use setting, plot and characters to help support our claim? We reviewed the purpose of all three elements of story telling.


  1. Learning Target: “I can show how the environment we live in influences the way we live.”

Student talk: How can WHERE you live affect HOW you live?

Read section 3.1 (maps and graphics included):

  • Identify vocabulary: Plural Society, regions
    • Define it as described in the reading, provide an illustration, list characteristics of the words, including words related and NOT related (opposites) to the vocabulary word.
    • Reflect: What does this word have to do with understanding–?
  • Explain how James and Marie are examples of a plural society.
  • Create a T-chart for both James and Marie. On one side collect details that describe where they live (the environment & location). On the other side, collect information about how they live (what they do). When done, analyze the evidence and explain how where they live influences how they live. (work on this with a partner)

Reflection: “I am meeting the learning target because I did ___.”


As most of the classes worked on their chapter 3 outlines, others moved onto the first assignment of the new chapter. We discussed the concept of CAUSE & EFFECT. We did two examples: crime & urban sprawl. We then turned to the reading:

“Due to the favorable climate and natural environment, Coastal Indians had easy access to vast food supplies. This access directly influenced their society and their culture.”

Is this true? Did the favorable climate and natural environment provide coastal indians with easy to access food supplies? And if so, in what ways did this access influence the society and culture of the Coastal Indians?”

Read about and describe the natural environment of the Coastal Indians on pp. 84-85. Cite evidence from the text. (Use the read with a pen or pencil strategy)

Location Physical Features Climate Vegetation Wildlife

“Based on the evidence gathered, what conclusion can I draw about the relationship between the natural environment and the Coastal Indians?”



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