Historical Picture Book
As teachers, we are always trying to motivate our students to learn about various concepts. Some students struggle with historical fiction and/or learning about the history through informational text. This project gives students the sense of purpose that is needed to motivate them to expand their knowledge of a historical time period by researching information about that era and then creating a picture book.
In the latest Bloom’s Taxonomy, we know that “creating” is now the highest level of learning. Therefore, having students research a specific time period, then have to take that new knowledge and evaluate it, synthesize it, and analyze it to create their own NEW meaning is imperative as a 21st Century Learner. This project is a way of helping students practice those higher order thinking skills.
What do your students need to know PRIOR to doing this project?
• How to read informational text
• How to take notes
• How to evaluate important information
• How to synthesize important information
• How to write clear specific detail focused sentences
• How to organize information chronologically
What can I do to get my students ready if they don’t have the above skills? Depending on which skill, you will most likely need to specifically teach each skill. If you have not taught your students how to read informational text, see my FREE “Mark it Up Reading Strategy” on TpT, it’s a great nonfiction reading strategy.
If you have not taught how to evaluate, synthesize and analyze information, you are going to want to make sure to go through Gradual Release of Responsibility, by modeling, sharing, guiding and then having students apply those skills with various texts. (See my Gradual Responsibly Chart on TpT for more specifics, if needed)
Note-Taking- This project can lend itself to teaching students how to take notes. It’s up to your professional judgment on how to do this for your level of students.
Sentences- Assuming your students know how to do this already, writing sentences that contain specific facts are easy. My suggestion for this aspect would be to model how to take a fact from a book in note form, and then model how to turn it into a complete detailed sentence.
For example, a few note cards state:
• Harriet Tubman was an American.
• She escaped from slavery in the South.
• She became a leading abolitionist before the American Civil War.
Model for students to taking those facts and turn them into a sentence such as:
Harriet Tubman, an American, was a leading abolitionist before the Civil War who escaped slavery in the south.
Teaching students to organize information is easy to do for events that happen in chronological order. Often, I have my students date their note-cards (with the event dates) allowing for them to use those as ordering tools.
This Project Includes:
Student Direction Page
Student Planning Pages (Graphic Organizers)
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