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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.
Students create a poem that expresses the physical and emotional turmoil of living through the Dust Bowl. In this Out of the Dust lesson, students research facts about the time period and discuss the cause-effect patterns associated with that difficult time. Students compose a poem and a written response based on their research and discussion.
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.
Young scholars complete activities with the book Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse. For this literature lesson, students read this story and view the Dust Bowl history from the eyes of a child. They discover the Great Depression and life in the 1930s.
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 examine 1930's America through literature. In this Dust Bowl lesson, students read Karen Hesse's Out of the Dust and set up vocabulary journals and question bookmarks to log their thoughts and impressions as they read the novel.
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.
Students list examples of appeals to the senses in the poem Out of the Dust. In this Out of the Dust lesson, students discuss ways that the author brings the story alive through appeals to the senses. Students discuss examples and how they make the poetry stronger.
Students find examples of figurative language in "First Rain" in Out of the Dust. In this Out of the Dust lesson, students takes notes on various type of figurative language and identify examples of each type in the poem.
Students choose an individual project or a group project to culminate the reading of Out of the Dust. In this Out of the Dust lesson, students have a choice of creative projects to complete after they have finished the reading.
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.
Fourth graders read Hesse's "Out of the Dust". They respond to questions about the novel and write a free-verse poem modeled after the author's.
Seventh graders read a book of poems called "Out of the Dust". In groups, they research the Dust Bowl and how it affected people living through the Great Depression. Using the text, they identify the theme and key turning points and write their own poems on the topic.
Students review figurative languages terms and examples. They read the first entry in the book, Out of the Dust, and discuss the images created by the author. Then they create an autobiographical poem using figurative language.
Students consider the attributes of heroes. In this literature lesson, students read selected poems from Hesse's Out of the Dust and then create their own bio-poems that feature themselves as heroes.
Students write a character sketch and present it in first person. In this historical heroes and character sketches lesson, students "meet" Harriet Tubman (played by their teacher) and discuss her contributions. Students read examples of character sketches and create a character sketch with interesting facts, quotes, and three visual aids. This lesson is used as an introduction to Out of the Dust.
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.
Introduce young readers to historical fiction with Karen Hesse's novel, Out of the Dust. They'll view photos taken during the Dust Bowl years, meet the author, and even hear an excerpt from the book. A plot summary and three book talks are also included.