This unit focuses on the historical fiction novel, The Fighting Ground, by Avi, and includes various lesson resources, materials, outlines, and other ideas to support the text and cover multiple ELA standards. The novel and lessons have been broken up into sections based on an estimated number of pages, which the lessons have been separated and labeled by the times covered in the book. The sections labeled by time indicate that the students need to read those specific sections and the times in between. For example: When a section is labeled 9:58-10:25, it means it is 9:58 through 10:25, indicating that you read 10:25 and stop when you finish reading that time.
The answer sheets for the text-dependent questions include the correct answers in blue, and the red times indicate the specific time that the answers can be located in that reading.
The unit ends with a project-based assessment that requires knowledge of the events that have taken place throughout the novel. An end-of-unit test has also been included in case you would like to utilize both summative assessments. Formative assessments are included throughout the plans and sections.
This unit can be taught with one class set, where all reading is done in the classroom, or where the reading is completed at home. The lessons are separated into sections that allow you to decide how you would like the class to read the novel. The specific novel used for this unit plan is a hard copy of The Fighting Ground published by HarperCollins, with an ISBN of 978-0-8000-1782-8.