An Educator’s Guide to Ruta Sepetys

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Historical fiction novels give readers a chance to step into someone else's shoes. An educator's guide from Penguin Common Core Lesson Plans provides resources to accompany three historical fiction novels written by Ruta Sepetys: Between Shades of Gray, Out of the Easy, and Salt to the Sea. Each book has a set of Common Core aligned discussion questions, a creative activity, and thematic connections.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Create slideshow presentations to introduce the time period in which a novel is set before reading
  • Give writers a historical photograph and have them make up a story about a day in the life of that person
Classroom Considerations
  • Many activities focus on use of literature circles in the classroom
  • Makes broad connections between all three texts
  • Includes a selection of interdisciplinary activities
  • Lacks chapter-by-chapter resources for the stories