Daniel at the Siege of Boston, 1776, is a book authored by Laurie Calkhoven. I have used this book for a number of years with our 4th grade social studies unit on the Revolutionary War, and I love this book! It grabs you and pulls you back in time to live alongside Daniel during this critical time in our country’s history. You feel and see what Daniel experiences. You find yourself hoping nothing happens to him as he risks his life to get valuable information to the Patriots. Daniel undergoes a transformation throughout the novel, and it’s exciting to see how he grows.
This novel lends itself to many different teaching methods and strategies. I love to have small groups along with whole group instruction, so you will find several graphic organizers that can be used in those groups or as a whole. On the following page you will see what is included. I trust you’ll find these resources valuable as you integrate this novel into your unit plans.
This is an updated version of the novel unit I had posted previously.
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•KWL Chart – use this before reading to gain knowledge of what the students know about the Revolutionary War time period
•Vocabulary List – broken down by chapter
•Vocabulary Activities – several ideas that you can choose to use for the vocabulary words / this includes a graphic organizer for one of the activities and a word search for another one
•Story Map ( in color and black and white)
Comparing Daniel and Josiah (as part of chapters 1-5 activities)
Comparing Daniel from the beginning of the novel to the end (ongoing activity or
end of book activity before writing paragraph in packet)
Key Ideas - choose a key idea and list words / phrases around it to tell what you
know about that key idea
Same / Different – a double bubble map concept comparing the Patriot and British
armies (sample given) / blank map is also given so you can make up your own
•Chapter Questions – broken down into 5 chapter increments / answer key is included
•End of Book Activity Ideas
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