Reflection: Routines and Procedures Where Are We? Using Details to Determine Setting - Day One - Section 1: Introduction


I love the book Sing Down the Moon, by Scott O'Dell! Its a great read and it touches on so many important concepts. Its short so it makes for a not too short, not too long chapter book for a class read aloud. It also has a girl heroine and one who is native american. It has a lot of symbolism and themes. It connect across many different subjects, social studies, geography, history, cultures, writing, etc. It moves fast so students never lose interest and each chapter leaves you with a little bit of a cliff hanger. Most 4th graders study native people of their state in 4th grade and although this book does not feature a native group from my state, I can make some comparisons. I have not found another book as effective at teaching the elements of Historical Fiction as this book, except maybe Island of the Blue Dolphin also by Scott O'Dell.

Whichever book you choose, make sure you've read it first, make sure you love it, and make sure its no more than 200 pages (chapter book read alouds should be finished within a month).

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Where Are We? Using Details to Determine Setting - Day One

Unit 12: Discovering Struggle in Historical Fiction
Lesson 1 of 16

Objective: SWBAT use details from the text to describe the setting of the story.

Big Idea: Historical fiction will often use the setting to set the mood that will later change. Students need to pay attention to the changing setting as they read.

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