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February Presidents' Day Black History Month
Presidents' Day Lesson Plan
Students work together to write a class book, with a few pages dedicated to each president
Prepare

Divide students into groups of 2-3 and have them choose a president to focus on.

You might have students choose from a list you provide.

If possible, spend some time as a class analyzing and annotating other informative texts to pull out key features.

You could also talk about how to work effectively as a group.

Review the StoryJumper platform if students haven't used it before, using the tutorial video.

You can also review how to setup a group book.

Here's an example First Five Presidents book.

Research

Groups should carry out research on their president, selecting the information they will include.

You might include specific requirements such as:

  • Early life
  • Run for presidency
  • Time in office
  • Later life
  • Legacy
  • Images
  • Fun Facts / Quotes
  • Add Your Voice*

* In StoryJumper, students can record their voice saying famous quotes from their president or narrating their book.

Write

After allowing enough time for research, allocate a few pages in the book to each group, based on the chronological order of their president.

Students should then write their pages, thinking about informative writing, appropriate images and a clear layout.

Review

When students have finished, review the different sections as a class to learn about the different presidents and to discuss things that each group has done well on their pages.

If you have a copy of a similar book made by last year’s students, then you could also review that together.

Publish

Publish the class book to keep a copy in your classroom so students can see and hear previous classes’ editions each year.

The published book will link to any voice recordings that students add to the book.

Knowing their books will be published adds a level of accountability to students' work and encourages higher standards.

Alternative Plan: Write Individual Books

Each student could create their own book based on a president they choose, telling their life story through text and images.

To jump start your students' books, you can create a template book that you preload with text & pictures and then students can build off of it.

After student books are shared by you, parents have the option to publish their child’s book.

Black History Month Lesson Plan
Students write their own story books from the perspective of a member of the civil rights movement
Prepare

Have students choose a member of the civil rights movement they would like to work on.

You might provide a list for them to choose from.

Explain that they will be writing the story of this person, told from the subject’s own point of view.

Review the StoryJumper platform if students have not used it before, using the tutorial video.

To jump start your students' books, you can create a template book that you preload with text & pictures and then students can build off of it.

If you aren’t familiar with how to set up students with their StoryJumper accounts, review the Teachers’ Guide.

Here's an example I Am Rosa Parks book.

Research

Students should carry out research on their subject and choose which information to include in their story.

You might add specific requirements such as:

  • Early life
  • Their impact on the civil rights movement
  • Later life
  • Legacy
  • Images
  • Fun Facts / Quotes
  • Add Your Voice*

* In StoryJumper, students can record their voice saying famous quotes or narrating their story.

Write

After completing their research, students should write their stories using the first person narrative.

Remind them to think about the best structure for their story and the layout for each page.

Review

When students have finished, click “Share Student Books” on your class page so that students can see each other’s books.

Have them read each other’s books to learn about the different members of the civil rights movement and to discuss things that other students have done well.

Publish

Share the student books with parents, too, so they can read the books and choose to publish copies for themselves.

Knowing their books will be published adds a level of accountability to student work and encourages higher standards.

Alternative Plan: Write a Class Book

Students could work together on one class book with each student or small group of students writing a section about their subject as a short story.

Review how to setup a group book.

March Women's History Month
Women's History Month Lesson Plan
Students write their own informative books about a famous woman from history
Prepare

Talk as a class about inspirational women in history that students know.

You could brainstorm a list on the board that you later use to select women to write about.

Decide if you want students to create individual books or work in small groups of 2-3.

In StoryJumper, a group of students can collaborate on the same group book while each student works on their own computer.

If you aren’t familiar with how to set up students to start their books, review the Teachers’ Guide.

To help your students get started, you can create a template book with a general outline and share it with them.

Then they can add their own content into your template.

Read & Analyze

Have at least one informational text about a famous woman available to read and analyze together.

You could use StoryJumper books such as this book on Amelia Earhart or this book on Harriet Tubman. Also, you could reference hard copy published books about famous women.

As a class, or with students working in groups, make a list of the type of information that is included in the book (e.g. early life, later life, why they are famous, impact, death, etc...)

Review the StoryJumper platform with students if they haven’t used it before, using the tutorial video.

Research

Students carry out research on their famous woman.

Discuss which sources are appropriate based on the grade and research experience of the class.

Students could choose their own famous woman from history or you could assign one. (e.g. Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Blackwell, Amelia Earhart, Ada Lovelace, Florence Nightingale, Rosa Parks, Sacagawea, Harriet Tubman, and many others.)

Direct students to research and include any/all of the following for their famous woman:

  • Early life
  • Later life
  • Why they are famous
  • Long-term impact
  • Quotations
  • Timeline
  • Bibliography
Write (and Narrate)

After sufficient time for research, ask students to write their books.

Remind students to think about informative writing, appropriate images and a clear layout.

In StoryJumper, students can also record their voice saying famous quotes from the person or narrating their text.

They can also add background music and sound effects.

Review

When students have finished, click “Share Student Books” on your class page.

Then they can review each other's books to learn about other famous women from history.

You can also use this opportunity for peer feedback and editing.

Publish

Share the student books with parents, so they can read their child’s book and choose to publish it as a hardcover or paperback book.

They could also be published to be kept in the classroom, giving a real purpose to the writing.

Knowing their books will be published adds a level of accountability to student work and encourages higher standards.

Alternative Plan: Write A Class Book

Students could work together as a class to create a "Women in History" book where each student/group takes a few pages to provide information about a different woman.

You could then publish this collective book to keep in the classroom to review with next year’s students.

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