The opening to the Old English epic poem Beowulfhandwritten in half-uncial script: We of the Spear-Danes from days of yore have heard of the glory of the folk-kings In the fifth century, the Anglo-Saxons settled Britain as the Roman economy and administration collapsed.
I Am the Ice Worm by: In both stories, a teenage character is stranded in the wilderness following a plane crash.
In I Am the Ice Worm, year-old Allison is rescued from the Alaskan wild by an Inupiat trapper, who takes her to his village to stay until she can be reunited with her mother.
Kids who like adventure stories. Find I Am the Ice Worm at your local library.
The story is about Brian, 13, and how he manages to survive 54 days in the Canadian wilderness after a plane crash. Brian was flying to visit teaching writing a summary 5th father when the pilot dies of a heart attack in mid-flight.
Brian crash lands the plane into a small lake and swims out of the wreckage. He has his clothing, a tattered windbreaker and a hatchet a gift from his mother.
He endures a porcupine attack, a tornado and being utterly alone for almost two months. This is a tale of adventure but, more importantly, it is a tale of character growth.
This edition includes a new introduction and sidebar commentary by the author. Find Hatchet at your local library. David Almond - Delacorte Press, pages. Here, Kit is invited by an odd neighbor boy to play a game called Death. This multi-generational tale is engrossing and chilling.
Roland Smith - Harcourt, pages. When year-old Peak Marcello is caught scaling a skyscraper to place his signature graffiti tag, he is offered a choice: Everest with his long-absent father.
Though the choice might be easy, the journey is not. Peak is physically and emotionally challenged by the grueling climb, the weather, and the politics and drama of climbing culture.
Find Peak at your local library. Baseball in April and Other Stories by: Gary Soto - Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, pages. Set in a Latino community in Fresno, California, these contemporary short stories take on universal life lessons.
Perfect for a fifth-grade reader, Soto is gifted at telling tales that intrigue and instruct kids. Baseball in April is sure to inspire discussion, so chat about it with your child.
Originally published in Kids who like classic stories. Find Baseball in April and Other Stories at your local library. The Light Princess by: George McDonald, illustrated by: Maurice Sendak - Farrar Straus Giroux, pages.
Just when you think your child might be getting too old for fairy tales, along comes this amazing 19th-century princess story to change both of your minds. Chock-full of puns and mixed with just the right blend of whimsy and ethics lessons, The Light Princess deserves a fresh set of 21st-century eyes.
Find The Light Princess at your local library. The Phantom Tollbooth by: Norton Juster, illustrated by: Jules Feiffer - Random House, pages. Full of irony and insights, Juster created a masterpiece when he wrote The Phantom Tollbooth. Give this book to your child and let the wave of words and numbers sweep them into a fantastical world.
A clever, almost indescribable book that you may already know about, but is too indispensable to keep from mentioning it here. Find The Phantom Tollbooth at your local library. Sir Cumference and the First Round Table: A Math Adventure by:What this handout is about.
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Quick Summarizing Strategies to Use in the Classroom Compiled by Ann Lewis, Laurel School District; and Aleta Thompson, Cape Henlopen School District; April 2 Written Conversations Each student begins the answer to a question or prompt posed by the teacher. What are some tips and tricks you use for teaching higher level summary writing and non-fiction summary writing?
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