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Designed by the Common Core experts at Storyworks magazine, this 32-page best-of collection explores the theme of disaster and survival through 10 different genres.
This unique collection features engaging and rigorous texts that all connect to the theme of disaster and survival.
Designed for the Common Core, our reader builds analytical reading and writing skills using complex texts across many genres.
Essential Questions guide students through purposeful reading, culminating in challenging learning tasks that prepare students for Common Core assessments.
The Core Skills Focus includes using text evidence, critical thinking, close reading, domain vocabulary, and key writing areas that are demanded by the Common Core.
Step-by-Step Lesson Plans for each article and directions for combining texts make for exciting and challenging reading and writing adventures.
Exceptional Online Support includes scaffolded activities, differentiated writing tasks, and quizzes modeled on PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments.
Culminating Performance Tasks emphasize collaboration and research on exciting real-life projects.
NARRATIVE NONFICTION: “Disasteron the Mountain”
A day of skiing turns deadly when an avalanche rushes down an Alaskan mountain.
FIRST-PERSON ACCOUNT: “After the Tornado”
A young survivor shares insights after a powerful tornado hits his town.
FICTION: “Wind” by Roland Smith
A girl learns about the power of community when a hurricane strikes her Florida town.
INFORMATIONAL TEXT: “Tracking Tornadoes”
Can modern prediction tools help save lives?
VIDEO: “After Hurricane Sandy: Hope and Healing”
A young girl turns her grief to hope with a program to match Sandy survivors to donors.
DRAMA/HISTORICAL FICTION: “I Survived Hurricane Katrina”
Swept away by hurricane winds and waves, a young boy discovers his inner hero.
MAP/INFOGRAPHIC: America the Extreme
The United States has severe weather of almost every kind.
INFORMATIONAL TEXT: “Are You Ready for a Disaster?”
A little bit of planning can make a big difference.
DEBATE/OPINION WRITING: “Refusing to Flee”
Should people be allowed to stay put as a disaster closed in?
INTERVIEW: “Wild About Weather”
One boy turns his passion for extreme weather into a thriving website.
POETRY: “Speaking of Light” by Rebecca Kai Dotlich