YA books with Social Studies Lesson

I have been immersed since June 6th in YA, and the end is near. My final project is due July 9! I know I usually offer commentary on elementary curriculum, but since I've had a taste of the other side, and done tons of work with it, I thought I would offer some of it up.

I'm really enjoying all the books I have been exposed to in the last 4 weeks. There is some great work in the YA genre. And my belief that good writing is good writing has been affirmed. There are just some really well told stories out there. One of my favorite genres as an adult is historical fiction and there are stacks of great historical fiction for middle grade and high school readers. One of my assignments was to build some lessons around a few historical fiction books and the periods in which they are set, so here you go... While the lessons were geared for older kids, they might be a good starting point for younger students. Hope they inspire!

The novels are Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan, The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez, and Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman.

Click here for the lessons.

Have a reading-tastic week!