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Across Five Aprils Discussion Guide

by Irene Hunt
Across Five Aprils

Jethro Creighton is nine years old in April 1861, when the Civil War begins. His southern Illinois farming family is torn apart when his brothers, cousin, and a close family friend leave to fight in the war. Jethro is forced to grow up quickly and tracks the progress of the war through letters and newspapers. Finally, four years later, the war is over and all are relieved. But then President Lincoln is assassinated. Suddenly, the future becomes frightening and uncertain once again.

Enrichment Activities
Books by Irene Hunt



Enrichment Activities

  • Compare and Contrast
    Use a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast Jethro's life before and after his relatives leave to fight in the Civil War.

  • Comprehension Checks
    Check your students' comprehension of Across Five Aprils with Test A, Test B, and Test C. Use the Answer Keys for correcting.

  • Culminating Projects
    Have students choose from a selection of six motivating and thought-provoking projects. Project types include report writing, creating a timeline, and model building. Use the Across Five Aprils Project Ideas sheet.

  • Emancipation Proclamation
    On January 1, 1863, President Lincoln presented the Emancipation Proclamation to free slaves. Read and analyze the entire speech with your students, as a whole class or small group activity.

  • The Gettysburg Address
    Read this famous speech with your students. Then, on the blackboard, create a list of instances in Across Five Aprils that relate directly to the words of President Lincoln.

  • Integrate Art
    Contact your school's art teacher and brainstorm ideas that would integrate art and the book Across Five Aprils. Some suggested materials include clay, pastels, or paper collage.

  • The Underground Railroad
    Students take a cyber-journey on the Underground Railroad – the path to freedom for slaves in the 1850s.

Books by Irene Hunt

Across Five Aprils
Claws of a Century
Everlasting Hills
The Lottery Rose
No Promises in the Wind
Trail of Apple Blossoms
Up a Road Slowly
William

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June Calendar of Events
June is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: U.N. World Environment Day (6/5), D-Day (6/6), World Oceans Day (6/8), Diary Day (6/12), Flag Day (6/14), Ramadan Begins (6/18), World Refugee Day (6/20), Father's Day (6/21), Summer Begins (6/21), and Meteor Day (6/30). Plus, celebrate Child Vision Awareness Month and Safety Month all June long!

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com, will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

Now available: Galactic Hot Dogs in print! Buy it at bookstores now.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.


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