Drawing Conclusions with Organizational Patterns
1 Mini Lesson
Essential Question- What makes characters in historical fiction believable?
Introduce the term: Chronological order (the sequential order in which events occur).Timelines are good tools to help visualize the major events in a given period in history such as a war or the events in someone’s life.Model how authors use timelines in non-fiction materials to enhance the text.Note necessary prior knowledge: Determines important details, uses simple note taking strategies, combining information to draw conclusions
Using a variety of information resources, the student will find information about important dates in history during the American Revolution. This will provide background knowledge of the historical time period for the novel My Brother Sam is Dead.
2 Guided/ Independent / Share
On the smartboard, bring up a biography of George Washington. Model how to plot events on a timeline that relate to the American Revolution.For example: “George Washington was born on February 22, 1732, in Westmoreland County, Virginia” is a fact but does not relate to the American Revolution.On Christmas night, 1776, Washington and his men crossed the Delaware River and attacked unsuspecting Hessian mercenaries at Trenton, forcing their surrender. This fact should be placed on the timeline because it is directly related to the American Revolution.
Students will note the date of an event and paraphrase the event for the timeline.Students will gather information and write down 5 events that happened during the time of the American Revolution.Students will then place the events on the timeline in chronological order.Students can chose to work in pairs or a group to plot the events on in their notebook and then place them in chronological order on their timeline.Students note the period of 1775-1778 on the timeline. This is the period of time when the novel occurs.Students share out events that happened during the American Revolution that was gathered from the text.Students note that more than one event can happen in the same year.