I created this 14 page novel study packet to deepen my students' experience with this masterfully written historical fiction novel about the Reconstruction time period. It has been very effective with my students and I have refined it after teaching the novel several times. It is an excellent springboard to integrate your instruction of ELA skills/standards with Social Studies. At the end of our study, my students turn it in for a test grade.
Social Studies topics covered:
Reconstruction, Slavery, 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments, Republicans, Abraham Lincoln, Jim Crow Laws, and more
ELA Skills Included:
cause/effect, direct/indirect characterization, vocabulary, compare/contrast, character analysis, major/minor characters, fact/fiction, tone, point of view, conflict, symbolism, and more.