Hi! This is a great activity that incorporates writing and reading into your social studies curriculum! If you are studying immigration with your upper-elementary or middle school students, this book is a wonderful companion! "When Jessie Came Across the Sea" is written by Amy Hest and illustrated by P.J.Lynch. It is a beautifully written and illustrated work of historical fiction that tells the story of a young girl's journey to America during the wave of European immigration.
I begin by projecting the first page of the file which has some questions for the students. I ask them to take some notes that will help them answer the questions as they listen to the story. Then, I read aloud the book, making sure to walk all around the room so that everyone can see the incredible illustrations. (P.J. Lynch is an amazing artist!) My middle school students are always captivated by this book - I think they really enjoy having picture books read aloud to them, as it doesn't happen much any more now that they're in 7th and 8th grades!
Finally, once we have finished the book, I ask the students to complete the "Book Review" form. Of course I want them to use their notes from during the story, and I also make available this YouTube link, which shows the illustrations while someone reads aloud the book. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WN-eznyLCQw (This is possible for our students, because they have classroom iPads and headphones to use. If you don't have this option, you could certainly just put the video on your projector and let it run while students work. It takes about 9 min. total)
This entire lesson takes me about 60 minutes to complete. I break it into two days; we read the story and the students take notes on day one, then on the second day, they work independently on their book review. Of course, you could always assign the book review as homework, too. :)
Thanks - hope you and your students enjoy this outstanding historical children's literature!