Stefani Tweedy Zillah Middle School

7th Grade Language Arts

Created: 1/21/08 Modified: 4/2/10

Unit Title: Historical Fiction Time Frame: 29 days Grade Level: 7th Unit Summary: During this unit, students will become familiar with the genre of historical fiction through class discussion and independent reading. We will spend some time discussing the events of WWII to build background knowledge before beginning our novel. We will read two excerpts from the literature book to compare and contrast and then will read a historical fiction novel. Students will also complete a historical fiction book report during the unit. Essential Question(s): What is historical fiction? What are elements of historical fiction? How do I use a plot diagram? What were some of the struggles faced by Jewish people during WWII? How does the history of WWII affect us today? Core Concept(s): Reading Writing Content Area Standards (GLE’s): Reading: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.4 Writing: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 Assessments: Formative: - During the story, we will be having discussions about the information being read. Summative: - Students will be tested at the end of the unit on the following concepts: story comprehension (questions will follow Bloom’s Taxonomy) and vocabulary. Students will be given a spelling test to check their understanding of the vocabulary words from this unit. Students will read a historical fiction story of their choice. They will complete a ‘historical character interview’ and will answer questions from their main characters perspective.

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Key Vocabulary: Chapters 1 – 4

Stefani Tweedy Zillah Middle School

7th Grade Language Arts

Created: 1/21/08 Modified: 4/2/10

Ghetto Rations Tenements Swastika Barracks Indignation Synagogue Epidemic Seize Pandemonium Partition Latrine Raid Embankment Deference Elaborate Chapters 5 – 9 Infirmary Inconsolably Brambles Chicory Indistinct Taunting Perpetual Reluctantly Adept Resigned Devout Quota Stifling Embellished Boils Partisans Disintegrates Bartering Chapters 10 – 14 Sabotaged Preoccupied Crocheted Tuberculosis Nettles Tantalizing Cultivated Rummage Pliable Huddled

Stefani Tweedy Zillah Middle School

7th Grade Language Arts

Created: 1/21/08 Modified: 4/2/10

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Stefani Tweedy Zillah Middle School

7th Grade Language Arts

Created: 1/21/08 Modified: 4/2/10

Torn Thread (Anne Isaacs) Darkness Over Denmark (Ellen Levine) Spotlight on Literature 7th Grade Textbook Print Materials (Books, Articles): Suggested Reading List: Alcott, Lousia May. Little Women. (c) 2000 Anderson, Laurie Halse. Fever, 1793. (c) 2000 Bartoletti, Susan. The Boy Who Dared. (c) 2008 Berenbaum, Michael. World Must Know. (c) Bunting, Eve. The Terrible Things. (c) Curtis, Christopher Paul. Bud, Not Buddy. (c) 1999 Curtis, Christopher Paul. The Watsons Go to Birmingham. (c) 1995 Duble, Kathleen Benner. The Sacrifice. (c) 2005 Frank, Anne. The Diary of a Young Girl. (c) 1967 Isaacs, Anne. Torn Thread. (c) 2000 Levine, Ellen. Darkness Over Denmark. (c) 2000 Lowry, Lois. Number the Stars. (c) 1989 Nolan, Han. If I Should Die Before I Wake. (c) Sedgwick, Marcus. The Foreshadowing. (c) 2005 Sender, Ruth Minsky. Cage. (c) Sheehan, Sean. Holocaust. (c) Spinelli, Jerry. Milkweed. (c) 2003 Wells, Rosemary. Red Moon at Sharpsburg. (c) 2007 Wood, Angela Gluck. Holocaust. (c) Wulffson, Don. Soldier X. (c) Yolen, Jane. The Devil’s Arithmetic. (c) Zullo, Mara Bovsun. Survivors. (c) Multimedia: One Survivor Remembers DVD The Boy in the Striped Pajamas DVD Websites: www.preventgenocide.org www.holocaust-history.org Handouts: Plot Diagram Example Darkness Over Denmark (Ellen Levine) Chapter 11 Historical Fiction Character Interview Book Report Rubric Vocabulary List Crossword Puzzle/Word Search Summary Questions Final Test Other Materials: One Survivor Remembers Supplemental Materials Chart Paper & Pens Vocabulary Words on Note Cards

Stefani Tweedy Zillah Middle School

7th Grade Language Arts

Created: 1/21/08 Modified: 4/2/10

Memory Game Board Lessons/Activities: Lesson 1: What is Historical Fiction? Introduce Historical Fiction List Important Events in History Begin Beyond the Divide Literature Book Page 486 What is Historical Fiction? Read Beyond the Divide Literature Book Page 486 What is Historical Fiction? Read The Moves Make the Man Literature Book Page 250 What is Historical Fiction? Read The Moves Make the Man Literature Book Page 250 Compare Stories List Common Elements of Historical Fiction Assign Historical Fiction Book Report (Due Last Day of Unit) What is Historical Fiction? One Survivor Remembers DVD Building Background Knowledge One Survivor Remembers DVD Discuss movie Show photos/letters from teaching kit Building Background Knowledge One Survivor Remembers DVD Discuss movie Darkness Over Denmark Chapter 11 (Concentration Camps) Building Background Knowledge Darkness Over Denmark Chapter 11 (Concentration Camps) Holocaust Vocabulary Crossword Puzzle/Word Search Building Background Knowledge Darkness Over Denmark Chapter 11 (Concentration Camps) Vocabulary Game Building Background Knowledge KWL Holocaust About the Author Read The Terrible Things

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Stefani Tweedy Zillah Middle School

7th Grade Language Arts

Created: 1/21/08 Modified: 4/2/10

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Building Background Knowledge Computer Lab – Finish KWL Schindler’s Choices (Lab) Discuss pictures and excerpts from Holocaust book %’s of population killed in Holocaust Exploring Historical Fiction Read Torn Thread Exploring Historical Fiction Finish Torn Thread Plot Diagram (Class Activity) Reflecting Collect Book Reports Unit Test Genocide Discussion

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Lesson 28/29: Connecting Watch The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (94 minutes)