Am I the only teacher that fell in love with American Girl books when they were younger? I rediscovered how much I love them a few years back when I added a set to my classroom library. Since then, even my boys fight over which character they will read next. I feel the historical fiction books are a great way to boost content vocabulary. I created this product to use in my small group, book club setting. I also created this product with the mindset that all of my students might not read the same Felicity book. This product can be used with any of the Felicity books in the series!
This product includes:
Scoring Rubric – This is something new added to my products. Run this off and staple to the front of the mini book when returning with a grade. Students can get involved to make sure each page is filled out for scoring, sentences are complete and that they learned something! The scoring is broken down for you to easily fill out! What a quick social studies grade!
Before you read worksheet – Use this for independent morning work the morning before you read the story. It works great to build background knowledge. Students love to predict what the story will be about after they had done their morning work!
Character Trait Page, students have to record actions that prove the three character traits that describe Felicity.
Setting Page – Students are reminded that setting includes both location and a point in history. Students answer a couple questions about the setting with short responses then required to draw one of the settings from the books.
Vocabulary Study Page- Use this page for content vocabulary that might be difficult for the reader. The student can put their own definitions they created using context clues, or by looking up in a dictionary.
Character Change – When teaching comprehension and story elements, we would also include how the character change is a part of the theme. Especially in an American Girl story, the main character learns a lesson and develops a positive character trait. So for this page, have students brainstorm how the character changed. I also included sentence starters. Students sometimes do not know where to begin when doing a writing response. This assignment is a direct model that should help.
Story Plot/ Mountains – Students can dive into how each chapter book will be laid out and how to look for the story elements. The mountain in the background also provides a great visual.
About the Author – Students will read a brief history about Valerie Tripp. Then answer a few direct questions and a few inference questions.
Colonial Schooling- Read about how education was different in the colonial times. Then answer a few direct questions and a few inference questions.
Early Finishers- For more of a fun page, students can unscramble the characters. This would be a great look back and study the opening pages of the Felicity book!
Cover Page for the mini book – The way the project is designed, is that you only run half pages. This means each set is for two students. I like to stable the entire book, and then slice on a paper cutter