The Boston Molasses Flood
This exciting story brings to life a little-known disaster, in which a giant molasses storage tank broke apart, unleashing a giant wave of molasses on a Boston neighborhood.
This lesson will help students identify the causes and effects of the molasses flood.
Cause and effect
Other Key Skills: text features, vocabulary, close reading, text evidence, key details, inference, analyzing, author’s craft, expository and narrative writing
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Core Skills Workout
Use this package to build your students’ proficiency in four key skills emphasized in Common Core: summarizing, text evidence, making inferences, and text-evidence. We’ve provided two versions—with more and less scaffolding—for some of these activities:
Students will practice using vocabulary from the article. Read more about Storyworks vocabulary here.
Constructed-response questions that touch on a range of skills. These questions also appear in your printed Teacher’s Guide and can be used for discussion.
This activity will help your students identify the causes and effects of the Boston molasses flood.
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A printable version of the quiz above. Includes constructed-response questions as well.
Students write a newspaper article to report the results of the USIA trial using causes of and effects from the molasses flood to support their ideas. To learn more about our contests click here.
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Storyworks Audio: The Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 - Lower Lexile Version
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The article has a clear purpose: to recount the events of the Boston Molasses Flood of 1919. This is accomplished in part by describing one boy’s experience with the disaster.
The structure is nonlinear; the story is mainly chronological but is interwoven with cause-and-effect passages that provide historical context.
The article contains some academic and domain-specific vocabulary, such as epidemic and debris, as well as several similes.
Some prior knowledge of U.S. history will aid comprehension.
Lower Lexile: 660L
Guided Reading Level: S
DRA Level: 40
Skills and Standards
CCR Anchor Standards: R1, R3, R4, R10, W2, W3, W4, SL1, L4, L5, L6