Lesson: 2: Historical Fiction
Students will be able to make predictions based on historical events.
(I) will explain that understanding history can help readers make predictions in literature. I will chart important facts I know about slavery. (Example provided.) I will begin reading Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson, stopping at the end of the page where Aunt Rachel tells Clara that she’s going to be a real seamstress. I will model making a prediction based on what I know about slavery. I know that slaves who were seamstresses usually worked in the Big House, where the white family who owned them lived. I predict that Clara is going to work in the Big House when she becomes a seamstress and won’t have to work in the fields anymore.
(We) will continue reading Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, stopping after the page where Aunt Rachel asks Clara what kind of pattern she is making in the quilt. We will make a prediction of what will happen next based on what we know about slavery. Example prediction: Clara makes a map of the land with her quilt so that she can run away and find her momma.
(You) will listen as I continue reading Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, stopping after the page that ends with, “It was like being in a dream you already dreamed”. You will predict whether Clara and Jack will make it to Canada, based on what you already know about slavery.
Note: Finish reading the story after students complete the Independent Practice. Discuss whether students’ predictions were correct or incorrect.
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