Daniel at the Siege of Boston, 1776, is a book authored by Laurie
Calkhoven. I used this book with my 4th grade class to go along with our social studies unit (we integrated many novels for social studies into our reading plans). I love this book! It grabs you and pulls you back in time to live alongside Daniel during a critical time in our country’s history. You feel what Daniel feels. You see what he sees. You find yourself secretly hoping nothing happens to him when he takes risks to help his country. Daniel is 12 years old in this novel and the students really related to him even though they lived in such different times. This novel lends itself to so many teaching methods and strategies from thinking maps to small group discussions. I hope you’ll find the resources to be useful.
Included in this packet you will find an At-a-Glance version of the novel questions to go along with chapters that have been chunked. The questions break the book down into 5 sections (chapters 1-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-20, 20-25). The chapters are not incredibly long, but you may wish to chunk them into smaller sections. You can always just save the section of questions for them until they are finished with that section of reading. For the students, I’ve created journal pages that you can copy off and staple together along with a journal cover (one for boy, one for girl). The journal pages have the questions listed on them with lines for answers, and one additional blank page for you to copy as needed and use as you see fit. These are the questions that should guide your instruction of the book, as well as the historical aspects as you teach the Revolutionary War. This DOES NOT have lesson plans outlining every part of teaching this unit. It’s a novel guide intended for whole group &/or small group instruction. It also DOES NOT have an answer guide, but I'm confident that all the questions are easily answered once a chapter has been read.
You will also find three different graphic organizers / thinking maps to go along with the novel. I've included a sample of each to show you it’s intended use, and blank maps for you to use.
I've included bookmarks to help students remember which chapters they are to read. I've left a box next to each chapter chunk for them to check off their reading when it’s done.
I hope you find it useful as you teach a truly wonderful book. Enjoy!!