The Candle Star: Classroom Resources

Overview

Well-written historical fiction offers a powerful platform for teaching both history and literature in the classroom. The materials collected within this booklet are designed to help teachers get maximum mileage out of The Candle Star, my juvenile novel set just before the start of the American Civil War. They include chapter by chapter discussion/study questions, vocabulary, social studies extension ideas, primary sources and weblinks, all aligned with GLCE's and Common Core standards. Reproduction rights ...
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Overview

Well-written historical fiction offers a powerful platform for teaching both history and literature in the classroom. The materials collected within this booklet are designed to help teachers get maximum mileage out of The Candle Star, my juvenile novel set just before the start of the American Civil War. They include chapter by chapter discussion/study questions, vocabulary, social studies extension ideas, primary sources and weblinks, all aligned with GLCE's and Common Core standards. Reproduction rights granted. Grades 5-8
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781469917603
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/14/2012
  • Pages: 48
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

I became a teacher because I never outgrew children's literature. Then I tried my hand one - I was hooked! When I'm not teaching, writing, chauffeuring children, blogging or reading, I like gardening and taking road trips with my family (not necessarily at the same time).

So what do I write? Three words: ADVENTURE - I won't read a story that doesn't transport me to a new, exciting world. I won't write one, either. INNOCENCE - My target audiences range from 9 to 15. Kids. I won't market profanity or controversy. And SUBSTANCE - I prefer stories with some depth to them.

Though I write material appropriate for younger readers, many a grown-up has applauded my work and asked, "Why is this just for kids?"
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  • Posted May 16, 2012

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    As I began to read, The Candle Star by Michelle Isenhoff, I was

    As I began to read, The Candle Star by Michelle Isenhoff, I was again enthralled by her magnificent talent as a wordsmith. She has a real talent for stringing together words in beautiful patterns that capture the mind and reveal the essence of the story.

    My thoughts on The Candle Star: This is a historical novel set immediately prior to the Civil War in the United States. Emily is a true Southern Belle accustomed to the luxuries of wealthy plantation life as the daughter of the house. She does, however, have a very independent streak and is not at all agreeable to the typical selection of a gentleman for her to marry, settle down with, and have a family. She wants to paint, and she wants to choose her own life.

    Her parents ship her North to her uncle, and she begins to learn what life is all about outside the setting of the plantation. School - in a classroom and not with a tutor. House work. Mucking out the horse stable.

    Emily soon learns that in Michigan there is a difference in that not only is it extremely cold with snow and ice, it is totally different socially. She meets Malachi, a young free black boy who also goes to school. She has to work along side of Julia, a free black kitchen maid, in the kitchen cooking and cleaning.

    Emily learns about bounty hunters and suffering, escaping slaves. The Underground Railroad is carrying cargo and the hunters are seeking to disrupt it's traffic.

    Author Information: "I write for kids. In my books, you can expect adventure and substance, but I'll always respect the innocence of our children." Michelle Isenhoff's website

    I previously reviewed The Color of Freedom by Michelle Isenhoff here on Chat With Vera. Please read my review of this excellent book, too.

    Michelle Isenhoff provided a complimentary copy of The Candle Star in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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