I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871 Resource Set

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I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871 by Lauren Tarshis

Already apprehensive about moving from his farm in Minnesota to Chicago, Oscar is devastated when his suitcase, containing the only memento of his father, is stolen at the train station. In a split-second decision, Oscar takes off after the thief and soon finds himself in a city engulfed in the flames of The Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Like all the books in the I Survived series, this chapter book is the perfect blend of fact and fiction. The author’s sequencing of events creates a fast-paced historical fiction that students will enjoy reading, making it a smart choice for a Book Club focused on sequence of events.

Teach with I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871 by Lauren Tarshis

This resource set includes everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction

  • Interactive Lesson Plan for 5 Book Club Meetings Focusing on Sequence of Events
  • Chapter by Chapter Discussion Guide
  • Chapter by Chapter Vocabulary Guide
  • Book Club Calendar
  • Conversation Prompts
  • Expectations for Book Club Anchor Chart / Student Reference Sheet
  • Student Self-Evaluation Forms
  • Running Record Assessment Tool
  • Student Reading Response Guide
  • Comprehension Assessment Rubric
  • Common Core State Standard Assessment
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Common Core Alignment
  • Main Pack: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.3 RL.4.4 RL.4.5 RL.4.6 RL.4.7 RL.4.9 SL.4.1a SL.4.1b SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 SL.4.3 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Instructional Overview: RL.1.1
  • Management Resources: RL.1.1
  • Meeting 1: RL.1.1
  • Meeting 2: RL.1.1
  • Meeting 3: RL.1.1
  • Meeting 4: RL.1.1
  • Meeting 5: RL.1.1
  • Focus Assessment and Rubric: RL.1.1
  • CCSS Assessment: RL.1.1
  • Common Core Alignment: RL.1.1
  • Running Record: RL.1.1
  • Spanish Version Available: RL.1.1
  • Vocabulary: L.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6
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    I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871 Resource Set

    Instructional Overview

    The instructional overview includes instructional background for sequence of events, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to the I Survived The Great Chicago Fire, 1871 Book Club.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RL.1.1

    Book Club Management Resources

    The management resources include a Book Club Calendar, conversation prompts, Student Self-Evaluation forms, Reading Response Board (with optional Common Core alignment), and an Expectations for Book Club anchor chart.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RL.1.1

    Meeting #1: Introduce Tracking Sequence of Events

    Author Lauren Tarshis uses flashbacks and flash forwards to tell Oscar's story in I Survived The Great Chicago Fire, 1871. Throughout this Book Club, students will learn how track the sequence of events in a text with a non-linear timeline and how this type of timeline deepens their understanding of the characters and events in the story.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RL.1.1

    Meeting #2: Sequence of Events and Flashbacks

    This I Survived The Great Chicago Fire, 1871 Book Club meeting focuses on the difference between the order of events that the story is told in and the chronological sequence of events. An included hands-on activity helps students visualize this concept.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RL.1.1

    Meeting #3: Sorting Out the Sequence of Events in a Story

    Students will use a Story Line Graph to help them sort out the sequence of events in Lauren Tarshis' I Survived The Great Chicago Fire, 1871. Seeing the events written out in this way allows students to track their thinking.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RL.1.1

    Meeting #4: Major and Minor Conflicts in the Sequence of Events

    Identifying major and minor conflicts with I Survived The Great Chicago Fire, 1871 by Lauren Tarshis will assist students with following the sequence of events. Students will realize that the major conflicts of the story are associated with the factual events of the fire and the minor conflict are tied to the fictional portions of the story.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RL.1.1

    Meeting #5: Climax and Resolution as Part of a Sequence of Events in Fiction

    This final I Survived The Great Chicago Fire, 1871 Book Club meeting provides students an opportunity to discuss the climax and resolution of the story and reflect on how their understanding of the world can be shaped by historical fiction.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RL.1.1

    I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871 Focus Assessment and Rubric

    Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with sequence of events.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RL.1.1

    I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871 Common Core Assesment

    This 9 question Common Core aligned assessment can be used to determine students' overall comprehension of I Survived The Great Chicago Fire, 1871 and their mastery of the Common Core State Standards.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RL.1.1

    I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871 Common Core Alignment

    List of the Common Core State Standards addressed by I Survived The Great Chicago Fire, 1871 Book Club Resource Set.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RL.1.1

    I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871 Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of I Survived The Great Chicago Fire, 1871. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RL.1.1

    Student Resources in Spanish

    This set of Spanish student facing resources includes Book Club Management Resources for use with I Survived The Great Chicago Fire, 1871 by Lauren Tarshis. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Resource Set for this book.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RL.1.1

    I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871 Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy I Survived The Great Chicago Fire, 1871, it’s helpful to review new vocabulary used in the story. Either download I Survived The Great Chicago Fire, 1871 Super Pack or this individual Vocabulary Builder for resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth through fun and productive interactions with new words.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6

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