The American Revolution Through Leveled Novel Studies | Distance Learning

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    Teach the American Revolution through literature circles. Integrating your American Revolution studies into your Language Arts lessons allows students to put themselves into the lives of Patriots, Loyalists, and those caught in the middle. This unit may be taught with an existing Social Studies curriculum, or without one. The novels in these lessons will help students visualize what it was like to live during the time of the American Revolutionary war.

    This unit is written to last 8 weeks. Each novel study is broken down with discussion points, worksheets, quizzes, a final essay, and an illustrative art activity. In addition, rubrics are included for the two culminating projects.

    This unit has been updated to include both printable as well as digital versions for distance learning.

    The novels used for this unit include:

    "And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?" by Jean Fritz

    Grade Equivalent: 4.1

    Interest Level: 3 - 5

    Lexile Measure: 830

    DRA: 34

    Guided Reading Level: O

    "Toliver’s Secret" by Esther Wood Brady

    Grade Equivalent: 5.5

    Interest Level: 3 -5

    Lexile Measure: 740L

    DRA: 50

    Guided Reading Level: T

    "My Brother Sam is dead" by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

    Grade Level: 5.8

    Interest Level: 6

    Lexile Measure: 770L

    DRA: 60

    Guided Reading Level: Y


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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
    Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
    By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
    Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
    By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


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