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After my students finish reading their historical fiction book club book, I have them complete a project called "Quilting the Past." The description of this project is below: You and your book club have been reading your book critically and looking at how power, position, and perspective all interact and effect your story. You and your book club will be making a quilt of twelve squares that will tell the story of your book club book. The goal is that if someone looks at your quilt they will und
Grades:
5th - 8th
TERRIFIC HISTORICAL FICTION BY ELLEN KLAGES, THE GREEN GLASS SEA IS SET AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ATOM BOMB TRINITY TEST. THIS ENGAGING SET OF ACTIVITIES FOR ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL INCLUDES TIMELINE, ACTIVITIES, FINAL PROJECT, AND RUBRIC. PROMOTES DEEPER LEARNING.
This is a rigorous historical fiction book project that encourages students to research an era that their book took place in while comparing this to events in book. Students will explore struggles of characters and how they dealt with these struggles. Students will also be asked to unfold the plot of the story. Assignment and rubric included in this handout (2 pages).
Grades:
5th - 12th
"Two Research Paper Projects" entices middle and high school students to compose a 6-10 page paper where they deep dive into a general topic to develop a premise that hooks their heads and hearts. They choose the sources from a variety of types including but not limited to: books, periodicals-hardcopy and online- interviews, findings from museums, and internet searches. This choice aspect leads to ownership and results in writing that stems from enthusiasm and the thrill of investigating a subj
This is an awesome way to cover a TON of standards, teach and read historical fiction, and give your students a way to produce authentic work. This mini unit begins with students discovering historical events through images. Next, students will choose and research a historical event of their choice and then write and illustrate (optional) a historical fiction picture book of their own. Students will be asked to research, write narrative nonfiction, write an expository Author's Note and also p
This bundle contains 32 United States history projects, related to key topics spanning from prehistory to the present day. Each project asks students to use what they've learned in social studies and/or extend their understanding by engaging in research on a topic. In addition, projects ask students to be historically accurate, neat, organized, creative, and colorful. Each project was created to have students practice and refine the knowledge and skills they have acquired not only in social st
This common core historical fiction book project asks students to revisit specific parts of the novel read and explain how that portion of the novel helped him/her understand more about a certain aspect of history. Because direct citation is required, students cannot "Google" the answer. This is a genre my middle school students love and a useful activity to show learning and critical thinking. Please let me know what you think!
Grades:
5th - 8th
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Whether studying The Salem Witch Trials in social studies class or looking for reading comprehension passages with questions, keeping student interest is always a challenge in middle school. This engaging, low prep resource will be welcome in your classroom and your kids will love it! The story and student pages may be printed as worksheets or used digitally through Google or Easel documents. Easy set up makes this perfect for centers or substitute teachers.Click here to save 30% off the price o
In this activity, students have the opportunity to research heroes of the Holocaust, their lives, how they saved other people's lives, and other aspects. This is a great project before or after reading a historical fiction novel on the Holocaust or a history unit on the Holocaust. Students will use their research information from their planning page to create a one pager. One pagers are meant to be artistic illustrations of information so students are encouraged to add color and images to the on
Absolutely everything you need to teach a historical fiction unit using book clubs for middle school. There is no prep...just attach to your Google Classroom™. This “all in one" unit is fully linked with lessons, discussion questions, reflective entries, and a final project including:10 mini lessons5 sets of discussion questions for groups to use based on the mini lessons5 separate entries for students to record text evidence based on their books that match up with the mini lessonsBackground
Grades:
5th - 8th
Historical Leaders of the World Project: Notorious Dictators & Monarchs"All hail the Queen!" Students study world leaders day in and day out, but it's ten times more fun to study those that are notorious. With this Historical Leaders of the World Project, students will embark on a research journey of a lifetime as they study 20 of the most notorious and infamous dictators and monarchs of the world! This project will span 4 weeks and students will partake in 5 stages that ultimately result in
American Revolutionary War Literature CirclesEver wonder how to differentiate instruction, teach leveled reading, have differentiated assessments and do it in a classroom with mixed learning abilities?  Literature Circles may be the answer.  My specialty is historical fiction.  My husband is a social studies teacher, so it is just fun for my to find ways to teach cross curricular, while meeting rigorous state standards and differentiating instruction.  I have a literature circle assignment that
Hi! This is a great activity that incorporates writing and reading into your social studies curriculum! If you are studying immigration with your upper-elementary or middle school students, this book is a wonderful companion! "When Jessie Came Across the Sea" is written by Amy Hest and illustrated by P.J.Lynch. It is a beautifully written and illustrated work of historical fiction that tells the story of a young girl's journey to America during the wave of European immigration. I begin by pr
No prep & ready to go cross-curricular writingThis fun package focuses on combining the writing process with history. Students will use their creativity and personal choice to find main ideas and supporting details while designing and composing newspaper articles outlining historical events. Students are encouraged to include fun elements including sports and news updates, as well as an advertisement based on the time period they are studying.✓ Take a deeper look into historical events of th
This product includes lesson plans for nine 45 minute classes, needed worksheets and the project rubric. These lessons introduce five fiction genres: historical fiction, realistic fiction, fantasy, mystery and science fiction, allows students to sample different genres and become an expert in a specific genre through a poster project.
This bundle includes my Fiction Genres Unit for Middle School Library and my Dewey Decimal Mini Unit for Middle School Library. The Fiction Genres unit includes lesson plans for nine 45 minute classes, needed worksheets and the project rubric. These lessons introduce five fiction genres: historical fiction, realistic fiction, fantasy, mystery and science fiction, allows students to sample different genres and become an expert in a specific genre through a poster project. The Dewey Decimal Mini U
Grades:
5th - 8th
Learning How to Understand a Source? Need to teach your students demonstrate their understanding? Need Material for Distance Learning? Need activities like Notice and Note?These 9 Fiction or Non-Fiction Strategy is designed for success in middle school or high school. The Product includes 9 Great Products with step by step directions for activities on how to analysis sources more effectively! The comprehensive product provides rigorous instruction allowing students to Boost students' knowledge
This packet includes: 1. An explanation of what historical fiction is 2. Suggestions of middle school historical fiction books 3. Directions for a "make your own scrapbook" book report 4. A teacher example of the book report
Grades:
5th - 8th
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Looking for Common Core “short research projects” that won’t feel like work? Do you want research to spark student curiosity? Need to involve inquiry without students realizing it?This bundle includes TEN different projects that can be completed in anywhere from 2-5 days! The length of time depends entirely upon the amount of in-class time you provide and what scaffolding you feel necessary for your students. Though these work best for grades 6-10, I have colleagues who use them in their 11th an
Looking for Common Core “short research projects” that won’t feel like work? Do you want research to spark student curiosity? Need to involve inquiry without students realizing it?This bundle includes ten MORE projects that can be conducted in anywhere from 2-5 days! The length of time depends entirely upon the amount of in-class time you provide and what scaffolding you feel necessary for your students. Though these work best for grades 6-10, I have colleagues who use them in their 11th and 12t
Need a quick mini-lesson to review or introduce historical context? Want to frame a historical event, a novel, or a biography unit? Grab this quick lesson to teach what historical context IS and get practice with analyzing it in specific situations!In this lesson, students will:• Learn a definition for historical context (with several examples)• Gradual Release Learning: Practice activity identifying and explaining the historical context for people, events, artifacts, and complex issues• Exit Ti
Make the most out of your Martin Luther King Jr. lessons by buying this highly engaging, rigorous and thought-provoking MLK Jr. Activities for Middle School Bundle at a discounted price! This product includes Historical Figure: Martin Luther King Jr. Activities for Middle School AND Martin Luther King Jr. Persuasive Speech Analysis. Read below to find out more about these Martin Luther King Jr. lessons that are perfect for teaching middle school students, grades 6-8. Martin Luther King Jr. Activ
This resource includes over 120+ ELA & Math resources that are PRINT & GO. You can send these home with your middle schoolers and it includes OVER 6 WEEKS OF LEARNING. Ready, set, go!ELA:Irregular plurals practiceSimile or metaphor practiceCharacter read and rollStories compare and contrast read and rollFiction read and rollNon- fiction read and rollSpelling read and rollMartin Luther King read and research project2 page article delineating Martin Luther King’s Life10 short answer respon
This resource has everything you need to teach your middle school students about the ancient Greek Philosophers - Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. At the end of this unit, your students will have an in-depth understanding of their beliefs and teachings. Included in the Resource:✓ Pre-reading questions and an answer key✓ Five pages of non-fiction reading passages (introduction, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and a conclusion)✓ Two pages of a note-taking template✓ 12 task cards that describe each phil

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