This is our catalog of courses. We will occasionally adjust the course listing to reflect the addition of new courses and the retirement of others.
Sign up for this course to learn history in an engaging, enjoyable format. You will learn about World War II history through the protagonist of our story and share that knowledge with a fun project of your choice.
Total classes: 6
Suggested grade level: 5th to 9th grade
Suggested credit: 1/2 semester History or Literature. For a full semester, precede with Padre Pro: Mexican Hero.
Special notes: This course only takes 22 students. We recommend registering early. This is one of four courses in the Living History Through Literature Series (Ancient Era). Students can sign up for just one, all four, or anywhere in between. Two 6-week courses are offered in the fall and two are offered in the spring. They are offered consecutively.
Living History Through Literature is a project-based course series offered to 5th through 8th grade students. These courses will weave the study of literature into a meaningful and engaging encounter with a specific era of history. In LHTL: American History 4, we meet British airman Dym Ingleford during World War II, who is convinced that the young German prisoner, Max Eckermann, is his brother Anthony who was kidnapped years before. Raised in the Nazi ideology, Tony has by chance tumbled into British hands. Dym has brought him back, at least temporarily, to the family he neither remembers nor will acknowledge as his own.
Students will explore the characteristics of a great hero while learning about America’s history. Students will study the historical context of the novel and participate in engaging literature discussions. In this project-based course, students will engage in short quizzes and in projects of their choice. Project options will include fiction writing, preparing period-specific food and/or costumes, creating lap books, recreating scenes from the novel (Legos, clay, K’nex, digital drawing, hand-drawing, etc.), building a timeline, mapping, and more.
Class 1: Overview of Historical Context and Novel Introduction
Class 2: Literature Discussion; Project Introduction
Class 3: Literature Discussion; Cultural Overview
Class 4: Literature Discussion; Fiction Writing Tips
Class 5: Literature Discussion; Final Project Instructions
Class 6 Literature Analysis and Historical Connections; Student Project Showcase
Course Materials: Enemy Brothers by Constance Savery, ISBN# 9781883937508 or ISBN-10# 1883937507. Purchase new from BethlehemBooks.com or used at BookFinder.com. Your student will need Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document.
Homework: Weekly quizzes and reading assignments. Each week, students will work on one project-based assignment that will culminate in a final novel project submission (due at the end of week 6). Homework (including novel reading) will take 1.5-3 hours per week. Parents are encouraged to support younger students by reading texts aloud and helping with project planning and execution.
Class dates: Mondays, March 11 to April 29, 2024 (No class March 25 or April 1)
Starting time: 4:00 PM Eastern (3:00 Central; 2:00 Mountain; 1:00 Pacific)
Duration per class: 45 minutes