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Nonfiction

“Out of the Shattered Land”

What is it like to be a young refugee? Author Kristin Lewis tells the amazing true story of two brothers who escaped war-torn Syria and started a new life in the United States.

Featured skill: Cause and Effect

Content-area connections: Social studies: Current events, geography

 

Paired Texts

“The Wild Life of Christian the Lion”

In the 1960s, two young Australians bought a lion cub from a London department store—and an incredible interspecies friendship began. Paired with an original poem from Rebecca Kai Dotlich, this amazing true story explores our relationship with wild animals.

Featured skill: Theme

Content-area connections: Science: Animal behavior and habitats

 

Fiction

“The Good Deed” by Marion Dane Bauer

In this touching and relatable story, a girl sets out to earn a Girl Scout badge by doing a  “good deed.” But then someone unexpected makes her rethink the meaning of kindness.

Featured skill: Inference

 

Drama

The Curse of Winter

Our engaging Greek-mythology play tells the story of Persephone and Demeter.

Featured skill: Genre

Content-Area Connections: Social studies: Ancient Greece

 

 

 

Poem

“Bat Wraps Up”

Joyce Sidman’s poem brings your students along on a bat’s journey home. Perfect for Halloween!

Featured skill: Word Choice

 

 

 

Debate

“Is It Good to Be BORED Sometimes?”

Having nothing to do can feel like torture. But could boredom be important? Your students will read arguments on both sides and then take a stand.

Featured skill: Opinion Writing

 

 

 

Infographic

“Your Life Story”

A dazzling journey through significant cultural moments that have taken place during your students’ lives so far.

Featured skill: Main Idea and Supporting Details

 

 

 

Word Power

“Is This Volcano Bad Luck?”

Tourists who take home rocks from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano soon come to regret it.

Featured skill: Vocabulary