I teach 8th grade students at Lynden Middle school, a public school in Lynden, WA. They are a great group of students from diverse backgrounds, family situations, and education levels. Many of the students say that they don’t enjoy reading so finding books they are interested in is a top priority! All our 8th graders study US History throughout the year and we try to incorporate English Literature books connected with US History in our curriculum! One of the books we have found the students are most engaged in, learn a lot from, and wrestle with complex themes about war, choosing sides, and growing up, is My Brother Sam is Dead. Our school and community is growing rapidly and the old copies of this book that we had are falling apart and we don’t have enough. The school was able to supply us with half the copies we need for our students this year out of the budget, but can’t afford the other half until next year. Can you help us provide new books to students this year?
8th grade students will all read this book in class to deepen their understanding of the Revolutionary War, strengthen their vocabulary, improve their ability to find and cite text evidence for their analysis and answers, and to wrestle with the complex themes of war, becoming your own person, choosing sides, and growing up. The students will be asked to read, respond to, and discuss the book culminating in an individual project as well as a unit test. This unit helps prepare them with the citation skills they will need to complete their National History Day Project 2020 as well. Thank you!
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