As a teacher, I looked for fictional texts that helped bring historical events to a level - an emotional level - to which my students could easily relate.
This was excellent for Social Studies, 8th grade, C8.PO5 and 08 (WWII and Holocaust), and C8.PO14 (Middle East in 20 & 21st Centuries).
In English, it hit RL. 8.2 theme, RL.8.3, and RL.8.5.
The parallel storytelling, in such a compact format, allowed for quick, easy comparing and contrasting as students read. Use the graphic organizer of your choice, and there are plenty of others available online for free.