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I Survived the Hindenburg Disaster, 1937 Teaching Ideas

Teaching Ideas and Book Unit Samples for I Survived the Hindenburg Disaster, 1937

Eleven-year old Hugo holds his little sister Gertie in his arms as they wait to board the Hindenburg. Hugo and his family have lived in Kenya for the past year while his parents who are science professors study the lions in the Thika Valley. Unfortunately, Gertie was bitten by a mosquito and got malaria. Hugo’s family must quickly get back to the states for Gertie to receive treatment. Riding the Hindenburg is the quickest way to travel in 1937. Continue reading

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I Survived the Joplin Tornado, 2011 Teaching Ideas

Teaching Ideas and Book Unit Samples for I Survived the Joplin Tornado, 2011I Survived the Joplin Tornado, 2011, Lauren Tarshis’s twelfth book in her popular I Survived Series, tackles the Joplin Tornado of 2011. Continue reading

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I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871 Teaching Ideas

Teaching Ideas and Book Unit Samples for I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871Lauren Tarshis’s eleventh book in her popular I Survived Series tackles the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

Eleven-year old Oscar lived in Castle, Minnesota with his father and mother. After his father died in a blizzard, Oscar became the ‘man of the house’ looking after the farm. Continue reading

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I Survived the Children’s Blizzard, 1888 Teaching Ideas

Teaching Ideas and Book Unit Samples for I Survived the Children's Blizzard, 1888The Story

Lauren Tarshis’s sixteenth book in her popular I Survived Series tackles the Children’s Blizzard. Readers are on the edge of their seats waiting to see how John will survive.

John Hale was an eleven-year-old boy whose family had moved from Chicago to Dakota in 1886. They wanted to get the 160 acres of free land promised to settlers in the Homestead Act of 1862. Continue reading

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I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863

Teaching Ideas and Book Unit Samples for I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863

The Story

Lauren Tarshis’s seventh book in her popular I Survived Series tackles the Civil War. Readers are on the edge of their seats waiting to see how Thomas will survive. Thomas receives injuries from an explosion. Moments later he is shot in the chest.

After reading the tense battle scene, the author flashes back to three weeks earlier. Thomas learns that he is about to be sold  away to a plantation down in Mississippi. Without thinking, he grabs his five-year-old sister, Birdie, and runs away. With slave traders hunting him and war raging, Thomas and Birdie travel North. Soon they find themselves in middle of the deadliest battle in all of American history – Gettysburg. 

Teachable Moments

Chapters 7 and 8 contain a lot of historical information including:

  • What strengths did the North and South have?
  • Which states seceded?
  • Why was Richmond important?
  • How did Abraham Lincoln feel about slavery?
  • What happened at the Battle of Frederickburg?
  • What types of weapons were used?
  • Which type of formations did the soldiers use?
  • Who was Robert E. Lee?

The author includes ‘The Gettysburg Address’ in the “Author’s Notes.” 

FREE Teaching Ideas to use with
I Survived the the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863

Activity #1

Watch the book trailer. This makes a great hook activity for the novel. 

Activity #2 

Check out the American Civil War Webpages on Book Units Teacher. Students can read information in fourteen mini-lessons. Online quizzes test student understanding of the lessons.    

Activity #3

Read Ten Interesting Facts … the Civil War. Then download this timeline organizer. Students write events next to the dates that are included. This print-and-go activity includes an answer key.

Free Staggered Flip Organizer - The American Civil WarActivity #4

Scholastic provides a free guide. This guide covers the first eight novels in the series. Common Core standards are listed besides the activities. At the website, you will also find seven printables covering skills such as a character study and root word Bingo.

Activity #5 

Lauren Tarshis’s website contains additional teaching resources. For I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863, the author offers a comprehension check. This check asks one knowledge level question for each chapter. A novel guide covers inference and cause/effect. You can also print a two page quiz.

Activity #6

Watch an interview with the author. Lauren Tarshis answers a number of interesting questions.

Activity #7

See what Lauren Tarshis is planning next. I Survived the Children’s Blizzard, 1888 comes out February 27, 2018. In this book, John Hale must survive a Dakota winter. It sounds exciting!

Activity #8

If you would like to try out the I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863 Book Unit before you buy it, this download contains free samples for Chapters 1-2.

Free Activities to Use with I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863

I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863 Book Unit contains graphic organizers for an interactive notebook. Vocabulary, comprehension, writing, and skill practice are all included. In addition to the printables, many paperless options are provided. Activities for Google Slides include writing and skill practice. Boom Learning Decks make this an interactive unit.

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I Survived the American Revolution, 1776

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The Series

Lauren Tarshis writes the fifteenth book in her popular I Survived Series – I Survived the American Revolution. The series began with I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 in 2010. Since then, two books each year have been published. Readers can experience both natural and man-made disasters through this series. Fire, war, storms, and even shark attacks will keep the reader engaged.  Continue reading

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