This unit is very text heavy, but can easily be applied to both social studies and language subjects. This allows for a break in between work sessions and can be done on alternate days with grammar/writing/reading skill work or Civil War background work put into the mix. I use it as a resource and not on its own – it would be too intense alone for a 4th (and even possibly 5th) grade class. Sixth or seventh graders, based on their ability level, could easily do this as a piece on its own.
Included in this unit are vocabulary words for each section, a vocabulary page that can be turned into an overhead or posted on a document camera. Three quizzes, as well as a final test are available for assessment. They all have open ended questions as part of the test/quiz, to ensure students show evidence and show their comprehension level of the topic(s) taught! I like to use the poem, “Freedom Train”, written by Langston Hughes, also as a resource in this study, as well as revisiting the topic and making connections when we talk about the Civil Rights movement later in the school year.
The Novel Study is fairly “point blank.” If you have any questions, please let me know!