Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, Two-Voice Survival

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This PROFOUND novel told from two points of view transports the reader to San Francisco in 1906 to feel, hear, see, smell, and taste the courage that arose from the devastating earthquake and, with the richest and poorest, try to survive.

It is April 18, 1906, at 5:11 a.m. You are awakened by a gentle movement of your bed. It trembles beneath you. In the next moment, your bed is dancing across the floor of your room. You hop out of bed and feel the floor roll like a wooden sea beneath your feet. Your desk crawls toward a window. Before you can reach the door, books topple off your shelves, and boxes clobber you on the head. When you finally reach your door, you find it is jammed tight. Now, the walls begin to crack around you and the ceiling rains down. You hope it is just your worst nightmare....but it isn't. The Great Earthquake of 1906 is just beginning. You will need all the courage and perseverance you can gather to survive the next day of your life.

Chin and his father, Ah Sing, face even greater danger, for their home is in a poorly built tenement house in Chinatown. On the other side of town, Henry Travis and his wealthy family are no better off. You can travel back in time with them through The Earth Dragon Awakes. You will read about hardships, death, heroism, and survival.

Incredible depth of fact is woven into the captivating story of the Great Earthquake as told from three points of view...Chin's, Henry's, and that of an earthquake expert...The Earth Dragon. Laurence Yep's masterful storytelling and short chapters make the story inviting to readers of all ages.

Provided with the unit are Refugee Situation Cards that accompany the Kids Wings Unit for The Earth Dragon Awakes.

The Activities for this novel were created by Suzy Red and Kids Wings Associate, master teacher Dorothy Hellums, and come to you in PowerPoint and PDF for the most efficient projecting and printing. The activities include:

Three recorded earthquake songs! Preview:
Map Study-- Where in the World is San Francisco?
Four 3-D Model-Building guides
Map Study--Follow the 1906 events on a map you create
Readers’ Theater Script--The Earth Dragon Speaks
Ripple Cards--Prereading Discussion Cards
Vocabulary Activity
Predict/Confirm Chapter Questions and Titling, 3 pages
Words That Paint Pictures, Figures of Speech
Multiple Choice Comprehension Activities
Crossword Puzzle: Earthquake!
Interview the Characters
2 BigSix Research Projects: Earthquake Research and Natural Disasters and Survivors
Comprehension: Multiple Choice and Short Answer
Multiple-Choice Edit/Revise Chin's Letter
Vocabulary Pairs, A high-level vocabulary/art activity
2-Page Refugee Simulation
Story Ripples comparing Chin's Experiences with Henry's Experiences
Group Rippling Discussion of How the Events Could Have Changed IF...
Writing and Project Prompts
Answer Page

PLUS a 53-page interactive Jeopardy-type Game in PowerPoint!


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Total Pages
79 plus 3 Earthquake Songs
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Months

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