Across Five Aprils Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan after students have read 'Across Five Aprils' by Irene Hunt to increase comprehension. Students will read a lesson summarizing the plot, discussing concepts from the book as they analyze. Students willl then create a timeline of events from the novel and compare with real-life events of the Civil War.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
  • discuss key plot points in Across Five Aprils
  • order events in Across Five Aprils
  • compare and contrast events in Across Five Aprils with real-life events in the Civil War


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Copies of the lesson Across Five Aprils: Book Summary & Timeline, one for each student
  • Copies of the lesson quiz, one for each student
  • Copies of the novel Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
  • Access to research materials on the Civil War
  • Events (without dates) from the lesson timeline, each written on a different index card

Character List

  • Jethro Creighton
  • Shad Yale
  • John
  • Jenny
  • Tom
  • Eb
  • Bill
  • Mr. Burdow

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1

Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.2

Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.5

Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).


Note - This lesson is for use after students read the novel Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt.

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