Novel Setting Research Project

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Novel Setting Research Project - Each decade of America’s past has been filled with unique people, events, styles, and accomplishments. Students will be working as historians to study an important decade in America’s history. This research project asks students to work in teams of three to research, create artifacts, construct a learning poster, and present their findings to the class in the form of a group oral report. For extra credit, groups can dress in the style of the decade they researched on the day of their presentation.

This project typically takes ten fifty-minute class periods. Additional time may be necessary based on your students’ needs and can be modified to fit any time period in American history.


Included in this Packet

• Project Description
• Research Outlines
• Artifact List
• Scoring Rubric
• Artifact Examples
• Poster Examples
• Black and white student packets of the above

CCSS Standards
RI.4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

RI.4.3 Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

RI.4.9 Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

RI.4.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

W.4.7 Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.

W.4.8 Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; take notes and categorize information, and provide a list of sources.

W.4.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

W.4.9b Apply grade 4 Reading standards to informational texts (e.g., “Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text”).

W.4.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks

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