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Bringing American History to Life 2
My students need good historical fiction to further their literacy skills and content knowledge.
My students are a creative and engaged group, still at an age where they are motivated and excited to come to school and learn. About three-quarters of my class are English Language Learners. The majority come from low-income households and face many challenges.
What especially excites my students in the classroom are hands-on and integrated learning experiences!
It means a lot to them that school is a safe place where they not only feel cared for, but are engaged and challenged. They aspire to do wonderful things in this world and I believe that they will!
My fifth graders will be continuing their study of American History throughout the year with a unit on the American Revolution and one of the impacts of Westward Expansion. We will be examining these two time periods through the lens of the driving question: How does your background influence your perspective about the world around you? As well as learning the historical content, reading historical fiction will bring these historical time periods to life for my students.
It's one thing to learn about facts in a textbook, but reading about history from the perspective of a character helps the students feel that they are living it.
This builds connections, empathy, and an understanding of multiple perspectives. In addition, students become excited about history and understand its implications and connections to the present. Since most of my students are English Language Learners, these books will also be used for vocabulary study, integrated into our historical exploration. We will also use them for examining literary elements and devices and compare them to primary sources from the time.
Please help bring history to life in our classroom!
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