Ironically, now as a teacher, I adore teaching history. Why? I approach it as a great story, and I use historical fiction to help me tell that story. What better way to make the past come alive than to view it with the relatable eyes of a middle grade peer.
In 5th grade we go on the great adventure of American history. Here are a few of the novels that have helped me bring the days of yore to my students.
THE SIGN OF THE BEAVER by Elizabeth George Speare
Homesteading and understanding of American Indian tribes of the Northeast Woodlands
THE WITCH AT BLACKBIRD POND by Elizabeth George Speare
Puritan vs. Quaker and the witchcraft insanity of the colonial period
THE FIGHTING GROUND by Avi
The horror of the Revolutionary War
THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak, NUMBER THE STARS by Lois Lowry
The holocaust and World War Two
What are some of your favorite middle grade historical fiction stories?