My middle schoolers LOVED this integrated unit! James Cross Giblin's "When Plague Strikes" is the perfect combination of gore and history that is sure to grab the attention of your most hesitant readers!
This unit is completely aligned to Giblin's text, including a fully prepared powerpoint, a newspaper for students to take brief notes on during the presentation, and a post assessment to wrap up the unit.
This unit is aligned to the middle level standards, focusing on the text structures and features of nonfiction texts and the history of the plague that was thought to be unstoppable.
Complete Powerpoint includes:
-Discussion Questions to set the purpose of the text
-Anticipation Guide slides to grab their interest before reading
-Brief author biography
-Complete notes on each slide with bold terms where students copy the bold terms only on their notes page
*Slides provided for you to break up the powerpoint into sections for desired amount of days
*Additional slides with student copy paragraphs (blank spaces) in case teacher would prefer to check recall/host discussion with Smartboard
The Student Newspaper Features: 5 Pages
-a true nonfiction format that resembles a newsletter and is organized by a variety of text structures
-Text features and graphic to provide authentic examples of nonfiction features, but also to keep the high interest level
-Blanks for students to take brief notes, allowing students to maintain full attention during the presentation, but also accommodates those who need reduced assignments.
-Serves as a study guide to the post assessment or a stand alone grade.
Post-Assessment: 2 Pages
-Includes chart for students to complete the plague cycle
-Integrates writing with short answer questions and a brief expository quick write
I hope that your students enjoy this unit as much as mine did! Please let me know if there are any alterations that I can make for you to better meet the needs of your classroom. I would love to help!
"When Plague Strikes" Unit
by Kate Keating
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License