For example, a teenage girl in a story set in Texas in the 1950s might befriend rock and roll star Buddy Holly, while an overworked mother in the 1930s Dust Bowl might try to petition President Franklin Roosevelt for help as he passes through her hometown on a campaign stop.
Research your chosen historical figure to find details you can incorporate into his behavior and appearance.
” but, “How can I engage my students in thoughtful work?
” The standards prompt me to step back and consider my real goals: to help my students to develop lifelong critical literacy skills.
For example, you might write a story set during the Vietnam War from the perspective of a Vietnamese woman whose husband is fighting in the conflict, or you could create a character from the Revolutionary War who is a British sympathizer.
Offering a different side to the story can lend dignity to viewpoints that are often marginalized and give readers an alternate way of seeing history.
For example, a story set in the Dust Bowl of Oklahoma might describe a family's one-room cabin on a lonely, desolate prairie, while a Cold War-era plot might paint a picture of the confined space of a family's backyard bomb shelter.
Try looking at historical photos of your selected setting for visual details that can enhance its realism.
When it comes to designing lessons, I have found these standards to be liberating, because they emphasize the process of reading, writing, listening, and speaking over any particular canon.
With my eyes firmly focused on the standards, my first planning question is no longer, “Which book should I teach next?