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- Kristina C., Special Education Teacher
- Covina, CA
Out of the Dust Teacher Resources
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If your class is reading the historical fiction novel, Out of the Dust, then you are in luck. Here are a few slides that will help you provide historical context for the book, as well as define main characters, setting, symbolism, and theme. Simple slides, perfect for younger learners.
Powerful images set the stage for Karen Hesse's historical fiction novel, Out of the Dust. The photos, maps, quotes from the text, critical thinking questions, and background information on the Dust Bowl period are all included, and will prepare readers for a deeper understanding of this Newbery Medal winning tale.
Is your class reading Out of the Dust? If they are, or if this is your first time teaching Karen Hesse's Newbery Medal winning novel, check out the ideas in a presentation that outlines what you and your class can do while reading about the Kelby family travails set in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl years. The activities encourage readers to connect to history as they analyze literature.
Prior to reading Karen Hesse's novel Out of the Dust, readers skim the book to find allusions and conduct research to uncover their meanings. Groups present their findings shortly before the class reaches the place in the text where their selected allusion appears. A rigorous and unique way to introduce a new book, this approach works well with any historical novel.
Is your class going to read the novel, Out of the Dust? If so, you can prep them with a presentation that provides both images of the Dust Bowl and quotes from the book. Tip: Have learners use the images to compose descriptive paragraphs, similar to the ones found in the book.
Students use various types of people and the special places they each call home. They discover houses, like the world, are always changing. Students start out by brainstorming what was the one thing that made a house a home. They were read a little each day from Homesick:My Own Story and Out of the Dust. Also, students listened to part of Dies Drear, then students made their own drawing of what they thought the house looked like.
Students write a description of their own life in the same style used in the first poem in Out of the Dust. In this Out of the Dust lesson, students discuss open form poetry and how the spacing and line breaks create a flow to the poem and the poetry does not always rhyme.
Eighth graders discover that literature can be a great way to gather information about the past. Using various types of text, they research its historical data and determine if it is correct. They write two papers to respond to the literature they have read to end the lesson.