Workshop Wednesday: Historical Fiction - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Workshop Wednesday: Historical Fiction

Welcome to another Workshop Wednesday! We are sharing about how we use historical fiction in our Reading Workshop! I usually write my post on Tuesday and schedule it to post on Wednesday so that you can link up anytime... but we had a little excitement here yesterday!! It started at school.........
It's not often you get to have a snowball fight with your friends at school in Georgia!! 

We were not released early... I made it home safely, and so did my students, but there were so many in the metro-Atlanta area that didn't and ended up stranded on the icy roads and even spending the night AT SCHOOL. For all of my friends that live in the north and can't believe this happened with 2 inches of snow... believe it. 
It's like The Walking Dead... every interstate is gridlocked, and people are STILL stuck... it's so scary!!

But this was the scene at my house...
It was Timmy's first snow! He loved it!
This is my front yard and the street in front of my house- with about half an inch of ice on it. 

I will NOT be going anywhere!

So now, onto Workshop Wednesday. :o)
I LOVE this book! It shows the kiddos that KIDS were even important in the Revolutionary War! In this book, Maddy Rose becomes a spy to help her brother, who is fighting in the war, by using a secret code on her clothesline. The clothesline actually informs him about the boats in the harbor.

Two of my BBBs have awesome units for this book! I was able to use part of Collaboration Cuties' Unit yesterday:
...we were going to do some more with the book buuuuut we are not in school. Jessica from I {Heart} Recess has a fun unit too with some Smartboard games and even some Revolutionary War task cards!

I use the book for my mini-lessons all week, and then they work on the skill during their independent reading. For example, we found three traits Maddy Rose displayed, and then they had to do the same in their own book (finding one trait and using evidence to support it). We would have done the same thing with vocabulary and context clues today.


  1. Thank you for the shout out my friend!!! And, I'm so glad we didn't get stuck at school or on the roads!! This is such a beautiful book!!! :O)
    Enjoy your snow day!! :O)
    Collaboration Cuties

  2. That kind of gridlock happened here in the Raleigh, NC area 9 years ago with kids being stuck at schools overnight. Now the district is a Nervous Nellie - CANCELLED school for Tuesday at 9:30 on Monday night and then the snow didn't even start until 7pm ish last night. If everybody would just not all panic at the same exact time and try to rush to the grocery store and home at the same time.

  3. Love this book! Definitely going to purchase from Amazon now! (You always feed my addiction! haha) Enjoy your day off!


  4. I am SO glad you are at home warm and safe. This is just NUTS for those of us in the South.
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  5. Glad you made it home safely! I'm about 30-45 minutes out of Atlanta and have been watching the chaos on the news! CRAZY! Like every Southerner, I got my milk and bread (and lots of other things!) the day before the snow hit - this girl isn't going anywhere! :) :)

  6. My family in GA were all flipping out on Facebook. Many of them had to abandon their cars and walk home. It's crazy. 2 inches of snow up here in PA means it could be any normal day between October and May. Haha. Enjoy your days off!

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  7. I saw all the problems in Atlanta on The Today Show. (We were off today for extreme cold.) I am glad you and your students made it home safely.

    Thank you for the great recommendation. I teach The Revolutionary War, so I can definitely use this one in language arts when we are on that unit.

    Stay warm!
    Fit to be Fourth

  8. So glad you made it home! The news shows some terrible scenes of what is going on still today on the interstates down there. My brother and nephew are down there and I am so thankful they made it home before it got too bad! There are some wonderful stories of people helping people also :) Will you have another snow day tomorrow? We are on day 4 tomorrow! YIKES!!!
    Dirt Road Teacher

  9. Glad you got home safely! I'm on the MS Gulf Coast, and we've been out of school for 2 days now (and we aren't going in tomorrow, either) because of the ice - we are just not equipped to handle the roads when they're frozen over! Stay warm!

    Sarah Beth
    Miss White's Classroom

  10. I am loving this link up! The unit I am teaching until April is all about history and historical fiction books play a big part in it! I will be referencing back to a lot of the blogs for more ideas of books to purchase and add to my classroom library! Thanks for hosting it!


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