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Dust Bowl Unit
Transcript of Dust Bowl Unit
About the Book
Grade Level- 7
Time Allotment-1 class period (50 min)
-Students will read the novel
-Students will reflect and analyze the text they read
- Students will cite several pieces of textual evidence to support their analysis
- Students will determine central ideas of the section they are reading
-Students will provide a summary of the chapter
During this class period students will popcorn read.
While the students popcorn read they will stop themselves
(or be stopped by the teacher) in order to share important
aspects of the novel.
The teacher will proceed to guide discussion and write
the important information discussed on the board.
Once the class gets through a section of the reading, they will go back
through individually and search for words they didn't
understand in order to define them for homework.
While most of history is interpreted by adults, this unit allows students to gain an understanding of the
Dust Bowl Era through the eyes of a child. Using Karen Hesse’s Newbery Award-winning as a historical account of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, students have the opportunity to identify with the personal experiences of youth in the 1930's. Furthermore, students have the opportunity to use historical fiction to understand the human aspect of the Dust Bowl experience, as well as relate their historical
knowledge of the era to events in the novel.
AZ- Common Core State Standards (2012)
English Language Arts & Literacy in
History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects
English Language Arts
Reading Standards for Informational Text
Key Ideas and Details
7.RL.1 Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis
of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn
from the text.
7.RL.2. Determine two or more central ideas in a text and
analyze their development over the course of the text;
provide an objective summary of the text.
Out of the Dust
This novel simultaneously teaches prose and gives an understanding of The Great Depression, The Dust Bowl, and American history.
It gives students a sense of reality and that life is not all fun and games. Could potentially scar students with its graphic content.
Purpose of Using the Work:
The book will be taught because of its historical significance and the personal connection (age being one of the main reasons) offered to the main character and her tribulations.
Relation to Curriculum:
It takes place in The Dust Bowl and deals with the ramifications of The Great Depression.
1998 Newbery Award Winner
ALA "Best Book"
Scott O'Dell Award
Karen Hesse is an American author
of children's literature
and literature for young adults,
often with historical settings.
Set in Oklahoma between 1934-1935,
this verse-novel tells the story
of a family of farmers during the
Dust Bowl Era.
Out of the Dust
The content in "Out of the Dust" is graphic and tragic. It may be too heavy for youngsters to deal with. Touchy content includes: Mother and main character receiving serious burns, Mom and baby dying in labor, father having tumors, dust pneumonia, and abandonment.
Assign alternate reading.
A Long Way from Chicago
(dealing with years 1929-35)
Rationale for teaching
Out of the Dust