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Blending the Past with Today’s Technology: Using Prezi to Prepare for Historical Fiction

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Blending the Past with Today’s Technology: Using Prezi to Prepare for Historical Fiction

Grades 6 – 10
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Fifteen 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Kathy Wickline

Kathy Wickline

Tolono, Illinois

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Lesson Plans

Calendar Activities

Professional Library

 

LESSON PLANS

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Book Report Alternative: Writing Resumes for Characters in Historical Fiction

Students write resumes for historical fiction characters. They first explore help wanted ads to see what employers want, and then draft resumes for the characters they’ve chosen.

 

Grades   6 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Book Report Alternative: Getting Acquainted with Farcebook

In this alternative to the traditional book report, students report on their novel choices using Facebook-like pages.

 

Grades   6 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Vote for Me! Making Presidential Commercials Using Avatars

After researching political platforms of past presidents through primary sources and other resources, students create commercials for these presidents using Voki, an online web tool that produces speaking avatars.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

The History Behind Song Lyrics

Students research the items listed in the song “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by Billy Joel, noting their historical relevance, and then document their findings using an online chart.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Give Them a Hand: Promoting Positive Interaction in Literature Circles

Students circle their desks as they analyze their own participation within a small group discussion.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson

Literature Circles: Getting Started

Students practice different ways of collaborating to read a work of literature. They work in different roles as they compose and answer questions, discover new vocabulary, and examine literary elements.

 

Grades   3 – 6  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson

No Teachers Allowed: Student-Led Book Clubs Using QAR

Students are introduced to the Question-Answer Relationship (QAR) strategy through a read-aloud and question sort. Students then use the strategy to develop questions for a peer-led book discussion.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Looking for the History in Historical Fiction: An Epidemic for Reading

This lesson pairs the reading of historical fiction with nonfiction to introduce students to the large themes of history.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Traveling the Road to Freedom Through Research and Historical Fiction

Students learn how to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes by reading historical fiction about the Underground Railroad.

 

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CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 29

Karen Hesse, author of the Newbery-winning verse novel Out of the Dust, was born in 1952.

Students write original short works of historical fiction in verse format, modeling the style Hesse used to write Out of the Dust.

 

Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 28

Esther Forbes, author of Johnny Tremain, was born in 1891.

Students explore the genre of historical fiction by writing original works and comparing all of the finished pieces.

 

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 2

Thurgood Marshall was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1967.

After discussing a statement made by Thurgood Marshall, students consider each piece of the comment and create a K-W-L chart to begin an investigation with other resources.

 

Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 12

Anne Frank received her famous diary in 1942.

Students learn about eyewitness reports through a lesson that is grade-level appropriate. Then, groups use primary source documents and research an event using eyewitness accounts.

 

Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 26

Sally Ride, first American woman in space, was born in 1951.

After exploring information about Sally Ride on the StarKids Who's Who site, students write a letter using the Letter Generator to Dr. Ride's foundation, Sally Ride Science.

 

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 30

Elie Wiesel was born on September 30, 1928.

Students compare and contrast two views of the Holocaust from different authors. Students may also research stories of other survivors who may or may not be published and create a presentation on this survivor.

 

Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 22

The "1984" Macintosh commercial aired today during Super Bowl XVIII.

Original advertisements are created after students review advertising techniques they've studied.

 

Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 1

The prototype for the World Wide Web was created in 1990.

Students look at pictures from the past using the WayBack Machine and brainstorm a few websites to explore to think about how they have changed over the years.

 

Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 1

Take part in the African American Read-In!

Students come together with family and friends to take part in a read-in of books by African American authors and report their results.

 

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PROFESSIONAL LIBRARY

Grades   6 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

"Help! What Is Wrong With These Literature Circles and How Can We Fix Them?"

The authors of this article offer some suggestions for how to improve literature circle discussions.

 

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