Historical Fiction novel

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  1. sue35

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    Since my 8th graders are starting with Revolutionary War and the Constitution, I want to do a novel study relating to that. Right now, I am debating between My Brother Sam is Dead or Chains. I have more boys than girls and they are high, but reluctant readers. I would think this means I should read My Brother Sam is Dead but I am having trouble getting through it. Chains seems much more interesting.

    What do you all think I should teach? Or is there an even better book I am missing?
     
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    If choosing between the two mentioned I would go with My Brother Sam is Dead. Chains introduces slavery in the history of the Revolutionary War, but I feel that will lead some to confuse the Civil War and the Revolutionary War.
     
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    What about Johnny Tremain
     
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    I second Johnny Tremain. One of my favorite books!
     
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    I have tried twice to get into Johnny Tremain and can't. When I taught 5th grade one of my boys was reading it and he thought it was very boring. I read it with him and had to agree. I know it's horrible because it is a classic but if I don't like it I don't think I should teach it:)
     
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    I am using Johnny Tremain for 8th graders.
     
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    Maybe I should give Johnny Tremain another try. I was up all night finishing Chains, it was very good. I do agree that the slavery aspect might confuse the kids.
     
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    Chains is a great book and a unique take on the revolutionary war, but with the limited amount of time you have to teach the revolutionary war (I'm sure) I wouldn't want to focus so much on the slavery aspect.
     
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