Secret of the Andes
Age 10-12: Concept 4 - Systems and Interaction: Unit 3

Take a glimpse into the life of an Incan boy on a journey of self-discovery. As he struggles to maintain his cultural identity in an ever-changing world, he ventures on a pilgrimage to come to terms with the path that is his destiny. Explore the geography of the Andes mountains and the past and present culture of the people who dwell there. Recognize and practice correct usage of verb tenses and verbals. Follow the steps of the writing process to develop a narrative essay.


  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 6th or 7th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Familiar with the five-paragraph essay
  • Usually used by children in the sixth grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: The Andes Mountains
  • Lesson 2: The Valley
  • Lesson 3: People Below
  • Lesson 4: The Journey
  • Lesson 5: New Sights
  • Lesson 6: Llama Training
  • Lesson 7: The Temple
  • Lesson 8: The City
  • Lesson 9: Belonging
  • Lesson 10: Painting Sentences
  • Final Project: Narrative Essay (3 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Analyze how authors create meaning through figurative language. (Language Arts)
  • Analyze media for transmission of culture. (Language Arts)
  • Analyze, make inferences, and draw conclusions about the author's purpose in cultural, historical, and contemporary context. (Language Arts)
  • Create complex sentences for clarity and impact. (Language Arts)
  • Create multiple-paragraph narrative compositions: establish and develop a situation or plot, describe the setting, present an ending. (Language Arts)
  • Create simple and/or complex sentences for clarity or impact. (Language Arts)
  • Demonstrate understanding in speaking and writing by using troublesome verbs. (Language Arts)
  • Edit and revise manuscripts to improve the meaning and focus of writing by adding, deleting, consolidating, clarifying, and rearranging words and sentences. (Language Arts)
  • Ensure that verbs agree with compound subjects. (Language Arts)
  • Focus revision on target elements by rearranging text. (Language Arts)
  • Identify and correctly use prepositional phrases, appositives, and independent and dependent clauses; use transitions and conjunctions to connect ideas. (Language Arts)
  • Identify and properly use present perfect, past perfect, and future perfect verb tenses. (Language Arts)
  • Identify elements of fiction and nonfiction and support by referencing the text to determine effectiveness of figurative language. (Language Arts)
  • Identify the subject and predicate in a sentence. (Language Arts)
  • In writing, develop a topic with supporting details and precise verbs, nouns, and adjectives to paint a visual image in the mind of the reader. (Language Arts)
  • Locate and explore the full range of relevant sources addressing a research question and systematically record the gathered information. (Language Arts)
  • Provide details and transitional expressions that link one paragraph to another in a clear line of thought. (Language Arts)
  • Synthesize research into a written or an oral presentation. (Language Arts)
  • Use a variety of sentence types correctly and punctuate them properly. (Language Arts)
  • Use and understand the function of transitional words. (Language Arts)
  • Use complete simple and compound sentences with correct subject-verb agreement. (Language Arts)
  • Use phrases and clauses correctly within sentences. (Language Arts)
  • Use subject-verb agreement and verb tense that are appropriate for the meaning of the sentence. (Language Arts)
  • Use transitional words and phrases that demonstrate an understanding of the function of the transition related to the organization of the writing. (Language Arts)
  • Write narratives that establish a plot, point of view, setting, and conflict. (Language Arts)
  • Write poems using poetic techniques and figurative language. (Language Arts)
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