Middle School Historic Fiction Teacher Resources
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Historical Agency in History Book Sets (HBS)
Study historical events by combining the study of historical fiction and non-fiction. Learners read about true past events in historical fiction novels and then research non-fiction accounts of the same events. What are some differences they find?
5th - 12th Social Studies & History 26 Views 90 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
Use the historical account of Claudette Colvin to study civil rights and connect past injustices to modern issues. As learners read, they examine chapter titles, record quotes, and participate in discussion. Use any of the great prompts provided, including post-reading questions.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 24 Views 199 Downloads CCSS: Designed
The Long Way Home
When did your ancestors arrive in the United States of America? Did they come in through Ellis Island? Middle school learners research immigration and Ellis Island. They write a piece of historical fiction based on what it would have been like to emigrate to the U.
6th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 8 Views 74 Downloads
The 2010 immigration bill passed in Arizona provides class members with an opportunity to examine various perspectives of the immigration debate by watching news videos, reading interview, editorials, and viewing images. Discussion questions, activities, and assessment strategies are included in the richly detailed plan.
7th - 12th Language Arts 79 Views 125 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Detective Fiction: Focus On Critical Thinking
Turn your 6th graders into detectives while growing their love of reading. Using critical thinking skills, they will be able to describe the five basic elements of detective fiction, read detective novels, make predictions, use the scientific method, and write their own detective story.
6th Language Arts 45 Views 110 Downloads
Is Grandpa Right, Were Winters Colder When He Was a Boy?
Students compare current weather data to historic data to see if there is a temperature change. In this weather lesson students complete a lab activity and determine average changes in temperature, precipitation and cloud cover.
6th - 8th Science 5 Views 12 Downloads
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel
Jamie Ford’s historical novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, explores the relationship between a young Chinese American boy and a Japanese American girl set against the backdrop of Seattle during World War II. The teaching guide for this award winning novel provides rich discussion questions, historical background on the internment camps, writing prompts, a vocabulary list, and extension activities.
9th - 12th Language Arts 9 Views 18 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Writing a Historical Fiction Story
What is historical fiction? After explaining the difference to your learners, it's time to give each learner a try! With your support, encourage them to research, plan, and write their own historical fiction story. Don't forget to have a day to share each other's works!
6th - 8th Language Arts 8 Views 16 Downloads
Persuasion in Historical Context: The Gettysburg Address
The Gettysburg Address is a powerful text. Use it to teach persuasion and the importance of word choice. The lesson detailed here includes a scaffolded background knowledge activity that includes image analysis of photos from the Civil War era.
7th - 9th Language Arts 122 Views 287 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Writing (and Rewriting!) History
Students differentiate between fiction and non-fiction, discuss historical fiction, which combines both genres, choose historical novel from list and read independently, and write original short stories that combine elements of fiction and non-fiction.
6th - 8th Language Arts 5 Views 10 Downloads
Writing a Travel Article About the Lyme Art Colony
By writing a travel article in the voice of a writer living in 1910, secondary learners discuss the work of the Lyme Art Colony. They visit Florence Griswold Museum's online resources to go on a virtual tour of the Lyme Art Colony. Then, they use short biographies about the lives of the artists, and newspaper articles published about the colony to develop their presentation.
5th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 16 Downloads
Lights! Cameras! Action!: Creating a Drama About the Lyme Art Colony
Discuss the lives of artists in the Lyme Art Colony in the 1900s with this resource. Young historians write and perform a short scene depicting individuals who lived in the Griswold boardinghouse, used by the colony artists. They use the Florence Griswold Museum's online resources to gather information about the people of the art colony.
4th - 7th Language Arts 7 Views 101 Downloads
Cyberbullying: Effects on Teens Across the Nation
Free speech, privacy, and cyberbullying are the focus of a series of activities that cause class members to engage in discussions about these interrelated topics. They view a segment from PBS’s “Cyberbullying—Effects on Teens Across the Nation,” read articles about teens who committed suicide, and discuss the motivations of key players in several scenarios.
7th - 12th Language Arts 69 Views 165 Downloads
The Scientific Search for the Loch Ness Monster
Young scholars gain an understanding of the real world applications of the scientific method. They design their own experiments to prove or disprove the existence of other modern legends, and they design and carry out an experiment to test a variable.
5th - 12th Science 85 Views 523 Downloads
Lesson Plan - The Barbara Frietchie Story – Fact or Fiction?
Students differentiate between fact and legend. In this Barbara Freitchie lesson, students read poetry and non-fiction accounts regarding the story of Freitchie. Students analyze the story of the American patriot to determine how much of it is historically accurate.
6th - 8th Language Arts 6 Views 10 Downloads
Oliver Twist Goes to Hollywood
How does Oliver Twist, the novel written by Charles Dickens, compare with its screenplay adaptation? Although the activity doesn't require learners to have read the novel, the similarities and differences of the highlighted passages would be best understood by those who have.
5th - 12th Language Arts 15 Views 43 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Cardiac Arrest! Using Forensics to Investigate Cardiovascular Anatomy and Function
Students identify the different parts and functions of the cardiovascular system. In this forensics instructional activity, students collect and analyze evidence on a fictional crime. They describe different causes of cardiac arrest.
11th - 12th Science 45 Views 176 Downloads
Music-Recreation and Function: The Civil War Soldiers Experience
Students take a closer look at the American Civil War In this literature lesson plan, students read Soldier’s Heart: Being the Story of the Enlistment and Due Service of the Boy Charley Goddard in the First Minnesota Volunteer by Gary Paulsen.
7th - 8th Social Studies & History 6 Views 25 Downloads