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A Long Way from Chicago


Richard Peck

"I read because one life isn't enough, and in the page of a book I can be anybody;
I read because the words that build the story become mine, to build my life;
I read not for happy endings but for new beginnings; I'm just beginning myself, and I wouldn't mind a map;
I read because I have friends who don't, and young though they are, they're beginning to run out of material;
I read because every journey begins at the library, and it's time for me to start packing;
I read because one of these days I'm going to get out of this town, and I'm going to go everywhere and meet everybody, and I want to be ready."

Research Guidelines

Background Research on A Long Way from Chicago

Essential Question: Is conflict always bad? How does the historical period of A Long Way from Chicago relate to us today? How are Grandma’s lessons, themes from the novel, still applicable to people today?


1.    Gangs in the early 1900s (Al Capone, Bugs Moran)

2.    The Great Depression (Black Tuesday, jobs, stock market, banks)

3.    Herbert Hoover/Hoovervilles

4.    Franklin D. Roosevelt/The New Deal

5.    Transportation of the 1900s (Biplanes/Railroad travel/Ford’s first cars, Hupmobile)



·         As a group, you will research and present on your assigned topic.

·         Each member of the group should write their own, specific research question.

·         Each member needs to find two reliable resources.

·         As a group, you will create a Google Slide presentation.

o   Explain the answer to your research question

o   Cite the evidence you found

o   Compare and Contrast how the historical period connects to our lives today

·         Each member is responsible for creating and presenting at least 2 slide(s) on their part of the topic.



·         AOL Grade – The majority of your grade will be based on your independent work. A small portion will be a combined grade based on your group presentation.

4. The Day of Judgment 1932

Franklin D. Roosevelt & The New Deal

 Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1938
"The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it: If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something."


Thanks to Vanessa Loffredo from Overland Trail Middle School for sharing her libguide