Considering Author’s Purpose: Comparing Fictional and Historical Experiences of the Second Sudanese Civil War (Chapters 14 and 15, Plus Rereading “Time Trip,” Continued)

Is that a true story? Readers work to gather evidence for comparing the historical and fictional text Time Trip: Sudan’s Civil War and A Long Walk to Water. Scholars identify the use of real people and experiences versus the use of fictional people and experiences based on real life. Pupils complete an exit ticket addressing how the author of A Long Walk Home altered history. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Discuss how sometimes fictional stories may seem to be nonfiction because they are based on true stories
Classroom Considerations
  • Number seven of 19 in Grade 7 ELA Module 1, Unit 2
  • Requires completing lessons in order
  • Uses chart paper and markers
Pros
  • Includes a comparison sheet of the two text for teacher reference
  • Identifies how the activities support English learners
Cons
  • None
Common Core