Primary Sources in Lesson Planning Unit Outline

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How can we effectively bring about change when faced with injustice in our society? Learners explore the Great Depression and Mexican Revolution through Esperanza Rising, a historical fiction novel taught through literature circles. The unit features primary sources, graphic organizers, inquiry-based activities, historical fiction passages, and writing assignments to help sixth graders master their reading skills. Material would lend itself nicely to a class-wide DBQ (Document-Based Question). 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Model successful conversation in a literature circle to promote optimal conversation about a text
Classroom Considerations
  • Consider structuring classroom differently for various lesson plans
  • Pupils should have prior knowledge of literature circles and the Spanish conquest of Mexico and the Mexican War of Independence
  • Contains cross-content instruction with language arts and history topics
  • Has multiple engaging evidence-based strategies and 21st-century activities 
  • Addresses all scholars' needs by offering differentiation suggestions
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