As students read the novel, Okay for Now, by Gary Schmidt there are many new ideas, words, comments and historical events mentioned. This assignment includes 36 topics from which students can choose -- Vietnam War, Yankee Stadium, Jane Eyre, Large-Billed Puffin, etc. Each student in the class selects one topic to research in more detail.
Also, you will receive13 journal questions for students to respond to individually or as a class as they read the novel.
These "Mini Research Papers" are not only fun to display on the classroom wall, but they also serve as a helpful reference to kids as they read the book. For example, if they don't know what the game of horseshoes is, they need only look at the wall to see an image and a description of the game.