5th Grade Historical Fiction: Solder's Letter

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A picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes a single word can go a long way as well. Practice making inferences about character traits with a letter written from the perspective of a soldier in the American Revolution.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use in your unit on the Revolutionary War, or when discussing character traits and inferences
  • Have your class write a letter from the perspective of another soldier from the war (perhaps a higher ranking official, Washington himself, or a British soldier)
  • Encourage discussion about each question, and have learners provide evidence from the text about their responses
Classroom Considerations

  • The first question may throw some learners off, as the letter describes the officer as German, and they may mistake that direct description for a character trait, rather than the correct answer that is implied
  • Writing style is simplistic, making it suitable for younger readers as well
Pros

  • Provides an answer key for the comprehension questions
  • The last two questions are open ended, making them ideal for a discussion or longer persuasive essay
Cons

  • None
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