Pairing nonfiction with fiction to strengthen comprehension and teach about the Civil War. Students read a nonfiction story with facts on the Civil War and a fiction story telling what happens when a southern farm boy finds a slave in his barn. Follow-up questions and activities build specific reading skills, expand vocabulary, increase context skills, and enable greater understanding of the nonfiction and fiction genres. Colorful, realistic pictures capture the attention of even the most reluctant readers and expand meaning. Answer key and performance objectives list included. Supports Best Practices in Reading. 14 pages.