John J. Pershing West Magnet School

Chicago, IL

Grades 6-8, History
Partner(s): Monica Sims
Student Achievement Grant
2007, Summer

About this Grantee

Ms. Ohito and Ms. Sims develop a project that allows fifth and eighth grade students to develop advanced research skills and explore historical events through fiction. Students use museum trips and print and media resources to research an event in history while also reading historical fiction related to their topic. To encourage growth in reading, older students read their fiction selection to their younger reading buddies. Applying all the information they’ve collected, students produce a formal research paper and write short stories based on the historical events they have analyzed.

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