Cross-Curricular Novel Study With Poetry Mini-Unit: Finding Wonders Part 1

This cross-curricular novel-based ELA classes is a short unit for Women's History Month. It includes reading comprehension, poetry, vocabulary, and writing while learning the true history of an incredible scientist Maria Merian.
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45 minutes

per class

Twice per week

over 2 weeks


year olds


learners per class

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Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone
Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.
Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.
Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author's point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts)
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.
I have been teaching cross-curricular novel studies for several years. I have an honor's degree in English from the University of East Tennessee with a specialization in global and youth literature as well as a minor in human development and learning. I have taken several classes on multicultural literature and social studies and decolonizing education. While pursuing my degree in English, I took specific classes on young adult novels and teaching middle grades literacy.
Students will complete daily reading and writing activities Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. This should take approximately 30 minutes to one hour per day including reading approximately 15-20 pages. 
Teacher Created Workbook
Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science by Jeanine Atkins
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Students can be provided with a weekly progress report. Students will complete a final project. 
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
This course uses the nearpod platform for interactive activities and writing during class. Students must be able to click a link and input a username (first name or initial preferred) but do not need to register for an account.  This novel refers to the Salem Witch Trials and the phenomenon of accusing women of witchcraft will be discussed in detail. Additionally, this novel contains brief scenes of parental abandonment and poverty.
Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science by Jeanine Atkins


Malikai Bass
Lives in the United States
Education as Unique as Your Learner
129 total reviews
99 completed classes

About Me

I am an autistic adult who has studied elementary education, human development and learning, honor's english, and American Sign Language during undergrad. I am currently pursuing my master’s in museum education and Disability Studies at the... 
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