Sometimes teaching History isn’t comfortable. It isn’t easy! Some aspects of History hit too close to home, and for a variety of reasons. Which is the very reason why we have to teach it. The newest Literature Unit here at Live Love Learn Gracefully covers a more modern part of history.
Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes is a fantastic novel about a young, homeless girl living in New York City. This novel discusses the events of 9/11, the aftermath, the idea of community, and homelessness in a well written story. Students will fall in love with the personalities of Deja and her friends, their differences, and their tenacious spirits.
Towers Falling Unit
This is a complete unit that will incorporate many different subject areas and a variety of activities for each. Below you will find a snapshot of the complete unit.
- After reading the poem “Homeless,” write a poem about your own life experiences.
- Research and write 1-2 paragraphs about the construction of the World Trade Center Towers.
- Major v. Minor Characters
- Direct and Indirect Characterization with Foldable
- Timeline of the Events that occurred on 9/11
- Research other attacks on the United States prior to 9/11
- Research the construction of the Twin Towers
- Research the changes in architecture and the building of towers from Ancient civilizations to present.
- Build your own tower.
- Draw, sketch, or paint a before and after picture of the New York Skyline.
These activities and so many more are included in the Modern Day Historical Fiction Unit: Towers Falling available at TpT.
As always feel free to check out the Towers Falling Pinterest board for more ideas and resources as you are reading through this fantastic novel.
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Pinterest Board: Towers Falling Unit
I hope you enjoy this novel and this unit. Please let me know if you have any feedback or suggestions. I would love to hear what projects or activities you incorporated into your unit and how they turned out.