User’s Guide for Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt

Educators may wish to utilize Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt, a novel of historical fiction about the experiences of a farm family living in Illinois during the time of the Civil War. This fictionalized account could have been written about an Arkansas farm family of the time. Copyrighted in 1964, this book has been reissued several times and is available in public and school libraries and can be used as a classroom set for instructional purposes. Educators may also wish to utilize resources by the author for an author study.

Lesson Plan

Courtesy of CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

Grade Level: 5-8 Middle School

Time period: Civil War Through the Gilded Age 1861-1900

Arkansas Academic Standards are subject to revision every six years by the Arkansas Department of Education. The frameworks used in the majority of lesson plans on the Arkansas History Hub are from the 2006 Social Studies Frameworks and the 2007 Arkansas History Amendments and School Library Media Frameworks.

CC.5.R.L, CC.5.R.L.2, CC.5.R.L.3, R.9.5.1, R.9.5.10, R.9.5.9



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