Lesson: Into the Dust: Reading Karen Hesse's Out of the Dust
Author: Melissa C
Subject Area: Reading/Language Arts
Grade Level: 7 - 8
Today we're going to begin reading Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse. This is a novel about the Oklahoma Dust Bowl in which each chapter takes the form of a poem written by the novel's protagonist, 14-year-old Billie Jo. We're going to learn a little about the Dust Bowl and what Billie Jo's life would have been like, and then we'll begin reading the book.
In this lesson, you will try to feel what living during the Dust Bowl would have been like, react to a speech made by the President during the Dust Bowl, and make a connection between the book and your life.
Click on the activities below and complete them by following the directions in the bar on the left side of the screen. Be sure to click "more" where you can so that you can see all of the directions. Complete each activity in order. Use the background information and vocabulary for help as you read and complete assignments. Use the coaches (Keisha, Pablo, and Rubric) for help with reading strategies as you go through the lessons. When you type in the boxes, make sure you click Save when you are finished.
Directions: For information about FDR and the Fireside Chats, read the "Franklin D. Roosevelt" post.
Directions: Read through this information about the Dust Bowl.
Panhandle the long, narrow part of Oklahoma where Billie Jo lives; can also refer to begging for money
poverty having very little money to buy food and other necessities for survival