Explore the D'Aulaire classics and be duly inspired by larger-than-life people who impacted the shaping of America. In 5 short weeks, Blackbird & Company guides will walk upper elementary and middle school (grades 4-8) writers through
the process of composing an original biographical essay. Weeks 1 - 3
activities introduce a rich
vocabulary to describe the character traits exemplified by these
historical figures, provide observation questions designed to help
students extract details that matter, and equip students with the
scaffolding that enables them to craft one body paragraph that will
later become part of the culminating essay. During week 4 students craft
a simple introduction and conclusion, put the components together, and,
viola, an essay! There is a fifth week creative project, of course,
that offers directives to tap into the student's imagination.
Come sail the seas with Leif!
Young Leif grows to manhood and learns the skills of navigation, sailing
his own ship when just a teen from Greenland to Norway. On his return
journey he discovers a new land—what we now know to be Newfoundland.
Later he sends settlers there to establish a colony.