The attached bundle includes:
1. Background Notes PDF- this fill-in-the-blank document helps students pay attention while taking notes by limiting the amount of information they need to copy. Topics:
a. Author Biography
b. Definitions/examples of true crime genre
c. The History of Chicago: early origins, timeline of 1800s
d. Video links to youtube clips of: an actual street corner of Chicago in 1897, a "sheep run," and Buffalo Bill (1910)
e. America's Transformation during the 1860s
f. The Gilded Age
g. The "Have-Nots"
h. Women during this period
f. A brief research assignment asking students to break into groups and prepare presentations on The Great Fire, Hull House, The Haymarket Riots, and The Jungle. (with pictures of these items)
2. Background Notes PPT- this PPT (21 slides) goes with the PDF and guides students through the author bio, genre background, and historical context.
3. People and Places PPT (54 slides)- this PPT can be used throughout your study of the novel. It is a compilation of images of the real people and places behind the story. When I teach this work, I show them to the students after they read the sections in which the characters or places are introduced. Included among the images of those of Burnham, Root, and other architects, buildings from the fair and the architects who designed them, Holmes, his castle, a diagram of the castle's second floor, his victims (the ones with pictures available), Harrison, Prendergrast, Sol Bloom, Farida, Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, Frank Geyer, and more.
4. Vocabulary Pack- This 32-page packet has lists, activities, puzzles, and tests for vocabulary words that I picked out as I read. It is also available separately in my TPT store. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Devil-in-the-White-City-by-Erik-Larson-Vocabulary-Pack-1333869
5. Socratic Seminar- I like to conclude this unit with a seminar instead of a test. The questions for this seminar have been adapted from www.readinggroupguides.com . Students are required to write about the topics beforehand so they will be prepared to discuss, and they complete reflections afterwards. For more on Socratic Seminars, check out http://www.readwritethink.org/professional-development/strategy-guides/socratic-seminars-30600.html.