Bringing History To Life Through Literature Circles

  • School Year: 2017-2018
  • Applicants: Sabrina Santos, Lead Teacher
  • School: Smith
  • Subjects: Language Arts, Social Studies

This grant will allow grade 3 students at Smith Elementary School the opportunity to explore historical time periods through different perspectives by collaborating with peers in different classes in literature circles. There will be 3-4 book club groups across 3rd grade classes and each group will be responsible for a specific time period in history, i.e., World War II, the Holocaust, the American revolution and Native American history. Groups will meet with circles form other classes reading texts from the same time period and discuss similarities and differences about the texts. Students will make personal connections and gain insight about how different groups of people living in the same time have different perspectives or beliefs about an event or conflict. Finally, they will work on a presentation describing the historical period. This can be shared with parents and other students.

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