5th Grade


Center and Book:
American Revolution  - Revolutionary Friends by Selene Castrovilla (a book about a French perspective on the war)

Civil War/Slavery         - Brick by Brick by Charles R. Smith, Jr (a book about building the White House with       slave labor)

Immigration-                   Angel Island by Freedman (a book about Asians coming to Angel Island)

Economics                  - Brave Girl by Markel (a book about child labor)

Native Americans       - Brotherhood by Westrick (a book about a Massachusetts boy and a Native American boy becoming friends)

Civil Rights            - The Cart that Carried Martin by Eva Bunting (a book about civil rights and MLKJr)

Instructional Task:

The lesson will begin by posting the question, "What is Liberty." Students will get into groups to visit centers. Centers will include: American Revolution, Civil War/slavery, Immigration, Economics, Native Americans, and Civil Rights. Each will center will have a brief exit slip where students will answer the question "What is Liberty" according to the time period and theme of the book. Students should use a quote from the book in each exit slip. Once all of the centers are visited, students will present about one topic.

Aligned Standards:

RI.5.3 Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specfic information in the text.
W.5.2 Write informative or explanatory text to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
SL.5.2 Summarize a written text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
SL.5.4 Report on a topic or text or present an opinion sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant descriptive details to support main ideas or themes speak clearly at an understandable pace.