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Living History Through Literature: Kat Finds a Friend

Join this 4-week project-based literature and American history course using Joan Stromberg’s excellent Glory of America series. Help your middle school student study the historical context of the book and participate in engaging literature discussions and hands-on projects.

Total classes: 4

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 3rd to 6th grade

Suggested credit: 1/3 semester of American History, Literature, or English. For a full semester, precede with Creative Writing for Grades 3-6: Writing About a Historical Event.


Living History Through Literature is a project-based course series. These courses weave the study of literature into a meaningful and engaging encounter with a specific era of history. In LHTL: Kat Finds a Friend, we meet Kat Walter, a nine-year-old shoemaker’s daughter from Emmitsburg, Maryland. Kat thinks that life is one big chore until she meets the lively Kitty Seton, Mother Seton’s daughter. Kat’s life will never be the same again! When Mother Seton brings her family and a new order of nuns to the mountainous village of Emmitsburg, Maryland, in 1809, it not only changes Kitty’s life, but it changes her whole family. 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 a project of their choice. Project options will include fiction writing, preparing period-specific food and/or costumes, creating lapbooks, 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; Literary Devices; Analysis
Class 3: Literature Discussion; Cultural Overview; Project Ideas; Analysis
Class 4: Literature Discussion; Fiction Writing Tips; Analysis

Materials and Homework

Course Materials: Kat Finds a Friend, a St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Story by Joan Stromberg, ISBN-10: 0966468910; ISBN-13: 978-0966468915

(https://catalog.beholdpublications.com/). Your student will need either PowerPoint, Google Slides, or Keynote to create a Final Project. Google Slides and Keynote can be found free online.

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 4). Homework (including novel reading) will take 1.5 to 3 hours per week. Parents are encouraged to support younger students by reading texts aloud and helping with project planning and execution.

Important Dates

Class Dates: Thursdays, October 31 to November 21, 2024.

Starting Time: 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 AM Central; 8:00 AM Mountain; 7:00 AM Pacific)

Duration: 45 to 50 minutes

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