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Surviving Hurricane Sandy
When Ariel Creamer, 14, saw her neighborhood ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, she started a Facebook page to match donors with people in need. Paired with an informational text about Hurricane Katrina.
This lesson will help your students analyze the role of community in overcoming disasters and make connections between texts.
making connections between texts
Other Key Skills: academic vocabulary, close reading, author’s craft, text evidence, inference, main idea, compare and contrast
Quizzes and Activity Sheets
Use this package to build your students’ proficiency in key skills emphasized in Common Core. Perfect for any scope and sequence! Note: We’ve provided two versions—with more and less scaffolding—for some of these activities:
Students will make cross-genre connections between the nonfiction article and the informational text.
Explore challenging vocabulary in this activity. Great for whole-class and small-group work. Read more about Storyworks Vocabulary here.
Questions that touch on a range of skills, for print or projection. These also appear in your printed Teacher’s Guide and can be used for discussion.
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Storyworks Audio: Surviving Hurricane Sandy
Listen to the inspiring story of one girl’s attempt to rebuild her home and unite her community after Hurricane Sandy devastated her town. Length: 6 minutes 14 seconds. Find other Storyworks audio here.
Storyworks Audio: Surviving Hurricane Sandy - Lower Lexile Version
See how this text will challenge your students.
“Surviving Hurricane Sandy” has an explicit purpose to tell about a girl’s response to a hurricane and an implicit purpose to show people coming together. “After Hurricane Katrina” provides information.
“Surviving Hurricane Sandy” has a chronological structure; “After Hurricane Katrina” includes both cause-and-effect and compare-and-contrast passages.
Language Conventionality and Clarity
“Surviving Hurricane Sandy” contains academic vocabulary and some figurative language. “After Hurricane Katrina” has academic and domain-specific vocabulary.
Knowledge of hurricanes will be helpful in understanding these articles.
Lower Lexile: 610L
Guided Reading Level: T
Skills and Standards
CCR Anchor Standards: R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R7, R9, R10, W2, W9, SL1, L4