Blizzard! by Jim Murphy: A Nonfiction Book Study Unit is designed for teachers of students in grades 5-8 reading Blizzard! The Storm That Changed America by Jim Murphy (Scholastic Press, 2000; Scholastic Paperbacks, 2006), a nonfiction book about the Blizzard of 1888 which affected most of the Northeast including New York, New Jersey, and the New England states. Murphy's book is highly acclaimed by the American Library Association, Hornbook, School Library Journal, Children's Book Council, and the National Council for Social Studies.
This book study will help you guide your students through Blizzard! as they read about this catastrophic event in American history.
Features of this unit include:
*A teacher's page with suggestions for using each section of the unit and a list of online resources
*The nine-page Oral Reading and Discussion Guide, your map through the book, including a list of illustrations, a list of people mentioned by name, a summary, comprehension questions, and vocabulary words with definitions for each chapter.
*A twenty-five word glossary
*Crossword puzzle matching vocabulary words with definitions
*Vocabulary review using the words in sentence context
*Vocabulary test with fifty questions matching words with definitions and using the words in sentence context
*List of all the comprehension questions from the reading guide formatted for students to use independently
*Activity using the book's index
*Comprehension acrostic puzzle
*Comprehension test with fifteen multiple-choice and five open response questions.
*Answer keys included for all items.
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