Some kids think that history is just a list of facts and dates to memorize. But the past isn’t some far-off, mythical place! Join this course to read historical fiction books that allow us to go back in time and be there as events unfold, seeing them through the eyes of a character for whom this time is not “history” — it’s just everyday life. These voices from the past can teach us a lot about our own times, our own lives. The more questions readers ask about the past, the more they’re prepared to be citizens of the future. Students will be guided through 5 historical fiction books with focused questions that will help them prepare for weekly discussions. This course will extend students’ thinking as they process and interpret the perspectives and opinions of peers, and expand students’ ability to express their ideas orally. (Students must have a copy of the following novels for the course: Esperanza Rising, The Watsons Go To Birmingham, Paper Wishes, Ruby Lee and Me, and Greenhorn.)
Prejudice in America: Using Historical Fiction to Better Understand the World Around Us
About Online ExplorSchool
For Students In Grades 5 – 8
MITY’s Online ExplorSchool provides bright students with the opportunity to explore a topic of interest with similarly motivated peers. The goal is to keep students challenged and engaged as they build, create, and solve real world problems. Each class features a variety of activities that take students away from a screen as they use their hands to design and construct. Importantly, students also have opportunities to socialize with their peers through non-academic activities.