Question of the Day 1
Think of a nonfiction book
you have read. Why do
you think the author wrote
READ ALOUD-t228 “Native Ways”
• What is an awl used for?
• Why might a family have had dozens of
• How did basketweaving reflect native
• How did Native Americans use the
materials around them?
• How do you think young people learned
the skills described here?
Question of the Day 2
Why is the annual gathering of
the California basketweavers
important to California
Question of the Day 3
What is something that you
think is worth preserving?
Question of the Day 5
How does the controlled burning
of plants such as deergrass and
redbud help keep the land
Weaving a California Tradition
• What are the author’s feelings toward Carly’s
family? How do you know this?
• How do you think a basket may be like a
• Why do the basketweavers from different areas
use different plants to make baskets?
• What is the author’s purpose for telling about the
laws against setting fires?
• Do you think Carly and her family ever substitue
a common plant for a traditionally used plant that
is now hard to find? Why or why not?
• How does cutting, trimming, and thinning
• Why do you think the author spends so
much time describing how Carly and her
family gather and prepare materials for
• What is one way Carly and her family pass
along the tradition of basketweaving?
• How did Carly’s Anunt Gladys help her
make a sumaya?
• Why was deciding to make a sumaya a big
step for Carly?
• Why was the sumaya harder to make than
• Why do you think Carly worked so hard to
have her sumaya ready for the
• Why might weaving four baskets in a year
be difficult to complete?
• How does Mandy help carry on the
traditions of her people?
• What is the first step in making a clapper
• What other Native American crafts are
featured at the Basketweavers Gathering?
• What does the variety of baskets tell you
about how Native American Californians
• What do you think the author’s opinion is
of Carly and the other basketweavers?
• How has the law against setting fires affected
the California Indian basketweavers?
• How are the basketmaking materials prepared
for weaving after they have been gathered?
• Carly Tex is learning how to make the traditional
baskets of her tribe. What have you learned
about traditions that are important to your
• What is the author’s perspective on
Native American culture and
traditions? How do you know?
• Summarize the events that take place
a the California Indian Basketweavers
Gathering. Use details and
information from the story to support
Author’s Purpose and Perspectivet290
• Nonfiction text is written primarily to inform
• The author of a nonfiction text may also
write to persuade readers to do or believe
• Clues such as the author’s choice of
words can help reveal an author’s
• How does the author feel
about the tradition of
basketweaving? Pg 240
• Does the author believe that
collecting materials for making
baskets has a good effect on
the Tex family? Use details
from the text to support your
answer. Pg 245
• Why do you think the author
says that Carly uses math
skills and needs to be patient
as she makes her sumaya?
Vocabulary- reinforce t265
• Why does each California tribe have its own unique style
• What can happen when insects infest plants?
• At what intervals did California native peoples burn
grasses in the past?
• Why do you think splitting roots requires a delicate
• Why do strands used in weaving need to be flexible?
• What bond do California Native Americn weavers share?
• What annual event is held to inspire people to learn
• How do Carly Tex and her family preserve Western
Vocabulary- extend word meanings
• What is something delicate you might see on a walk
• What person has inspired you to do or try something?
• What are some examples of flexible materials?
• What kinds of pests might infest an abandoned building?
• What things happen at regular intervals in the night sky?
• What is something unique about your class or school?
• What is one way that people in the modern world
• What is one bond shared by students all over the world?
• Are people usually impressed by ordinary things or by
• When ants infest your kitchen, are they nimble enough to
avoid a trap?
• Would recess still occur at regular intervals if the school
bell ceased to ring?
• Why can a rattlesnake be described as both fierce and
• What kinds of bonds exist between people from the
• What special event might inspire you to get a slick new
• Would you cease handling a delicate family treasure in
order to preserve it? Why or why not?
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Lesson Pretest Word sort Word
Write a paragraph.
Choose a topic to
write about and
write a paragraph
using at least 10 of
your spelling words.
Remember that a
spelling word or
write it in a different