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Depression Era Literature Bundle

Grade Levels
4th - 6th, Homeschool
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82 pages
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    Bundle Information Overview with compare/contrast


    PLEASE READ: This bundle PDFs of 2 of my literature products. If you purchased my Bread Winner literature unit or The Gardener story activities, this bundle contains the same products. Links to the individual resources above.

    The Bread Winner by Whitmore is a historical fiction novel that tells the story of a girl who uses her bread making skills to save the family. The Gardener by Stewart is a picture book that shares the story of a girl who must live with her "grumpy" uncle for a year during the Depression. The two stories work well together to make the experience of living during the Depression more accessible for students.

    Bundle Includes:

    1) The Bread Winner Activities...

    Common Core Standards (4th grade)

    Discussion Topics (bullying)

    Non-Fiction Background Reading for the Great Depression

    Cause and Effect chart for the Great Depression

    Foldable Booklet

    Gist Statements (summarizing)

    Chapter Reading Comprehension questions

    Chapter Vocabulary (teacher notes included)

    Story Plot Map (teacher notes included)

    Compare/Contrast Sarah and Carla


    Mini Research Project and Point of View Postcard Creative Writing Activity

    Expository Essay identifying the changes in the main character (sample essay and rubric included)

    End of Book Test (study guide and answer key included)

    2) The Gardener Activities...

    Common Core Standards (4th grade)

    Vocabulary (teacher notes included)

    Predicting (teacher notes included)

    Timeline Activity (image of student sample and notes included)

    Inferences Using the Story Illustrations (teacher notes included)

    Cause and Effect (teacher notes included)

    Theme (teacher notes included)

    Compare/Contrast Mini Depression Research Activity (teacher notes included)

    3) (Bonus) A final compare/contrast graphic organizer to compare the two main characters after finishing both stories.

    Literature Unit, Novel Study, Reading Groups, Great Depression, historical fiction

    Total Pages
    82 pages
    Answer Key
    Teaching Duration
    1 month
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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 4 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
    Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
    Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
    Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
    Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.


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