Unit: Historical Fiction
Grade Level: Middle School
Length of Unit: 15 - 20, 90 min class sessions
Stage 1: Desired Results
Content Standards and Benchmark:
AERO: English, End of grade 8 , Reading
1. Students will read fluently using the skills and strategies of the reading process.
2. Students will comprehend, respond to, and analyze a wide variety of literary texts.
3. Students will apply skills and strategies appropriate for reading non-fiction texts.
Understanding (s): Understandings:
Students will understand that…
Historical fiction is a reading genre helps people understand better and relate to history and present day.
Essential Questions: General
Stage 2 – Assessment Evidence
Role: You are a middle school humanities teacher that is integrating technology into your curriculum
Audience: 7th Grade Humanities students
Situation: Students will work independently on readings, reflection blog, timeline, and quizlet vocabulary. Students will share and discuss reflections in class and are responsible for at least 5 comments on the blogs of other students.
Product: Students will create a blog that will contain the reflections, the timeline and embedded quizlet vocabulary games.
Six Facets of Understanding:
Explain: Students create a blog to explore and explain the historical fiction genre by reflecting on readings and historical events that occur during their novel’s timeframe.
Interpret: Students will research historical events that are mentioned in their novel. In their blog and their timeline, the will reflect and discuss these events and link to resources they have found on the Internet that explain the importance of the historical event; it’s causes and effects.
Apply: Students develop a digital timeline incorporating historical events and events in their novel.
Have perspective: Students will write a two blog post from the perspective of two different characters in their novel to explore the perspective of a historical event from another’s point of view.
Empathize: After each reading, students will have a class discussion about how they are relating to characters and events in their novel.
Have self-knowledge: In their last blog post, students will reflect about what they have learned about the historical fiction genre and the historical events in their novel. They will also evaluate themselves and their timeline project, what part of the assignment was the most challenging and why and what part of the assignment they are most proud of.
Stage 3: Learning Plan - Including Differentiation
Day One and Two
Introduce Historical Fiction Genre
Routine for remaining 90 min Classes and Daily HW
Rubrics and Assessments