Beneath the Slashings: Classroom Resources by Michelle Isenhoff
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 Beneath the Slashings, a juvenile novel set in a lumber camp just after the conclusion 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
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?"