I am a reading specialist and next year, our principal wants to try something new and combine ELA and Social Studies in 7th grade for the Consultant class. It will be the S.S. teacher, ELA teacher, Spec. Ed. teacher, and me involved. The purpose is to have Social Studies content based around ELA skills. I'm trying to think of a good novel to do with this combined class that is based on 7th grade S.S. curriculum (explorers, civil war, Native Americans, etc.) Does anything come to mind? Any suggestions would be great!