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Teacher Resources by Grade
|1st - 2nd||3rd - 4th|
|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
Traveling the Road to Freedom Through Research and Historical Fiction
|Grades||6 – 8|
|Lesson Plan Type||Unit|
|Estimated Time||5 to 6 weeks or thirty 45-minute sessions|
Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students critically explore the moral issue of slavery through reading fiction and nonfiction children's literature about the Underground Railroad, and they extend their understanding through creative writing projects.
Grades 6 – 10 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
To prepare for literature circles featuring historical novels, students research the decades of the 1930s to the 1990s and share their information using Prezi, a web application for creating multimedia presentations.
Grades 3 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  January 24
Students read letters from the Gold Rush and follow up by writing an imaginary letter to a family member about their experience using the Letter Generator.
Grades 7 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  August 29
Students write original short works of historical fiction in verse format, modeling the style Hesse used to write Out of the Dust.