OVERVIEW: Set in the Old West, Emily's Fortune grows into a cross-country chase, a valuable friendship, and problem solving that becomes a life-and-death struggle to survive and keep an inheritance that Emily never even knew she had!
THE STORY: By the time Emily Wiggins was 8-years-old, she had already had her share of MISfortunes. Her father had died in a riverboat accident when she was just a baby. Her mother had to go to live and work for the little-bit-too-rich Miss Luella Nash who would not let Emily play, or work, or go to school for fear she would learn bad words. Not only that, but Emily was not allowed to make noise or even talk above a whisper because Mrs. Nash believed that children should be seen (as little as possible) and not heard. So, during her childhood, Emily didn't learn much except how to be quiet and clean. A proper lady in every way, Miss Nash did have one fatal vice: she drove her carriage like a crazy person. One day while Emily's mother rode with her, Miss Nash caused the accident in which only the horse survived. That made Emily Wiggins an orphan...which led to a set of even bigger problems, not the least of which was that she had to figure out how to protect her best friend, a turtle named Rufus, from the person who was trying to kill them both. In the process, she got linked up with a mannerless, rude boy, met up with bandits, had to survive stagecoach accidents, and got tangled up with a pastle of other problems.
Get ready for a wild romp through the Old West in Emily's Fortune, a story that will delight readers of all ages. Every chapter ends with a cliff hanger peppered with alliteration. Yummy onomatopoeia lets you hear the action. Ross Collins's terrific black and white drawings invite even younger folks to enjoy the fun!
THE LITERATURE GUIDE: The Kids' Wings literature guide invites group discussion, problem solving, research, writing, skill building, and authentic writing prompts and a culminating interactive Jeopardy-type game. Teachers who want students to enjoy the fun of a fast moving story set in the Old West will make Emily's Fortune a memorable novel study that builds skills, inspires cooperative projects, and values laughter.
The 35-page Kids Wings literature guide by Suzy Red includes the following activities in both projectable PowerPoint and PDF formats:
Pre-Reading Discussion Cards
2 -Page Readers’ Theater Introduction
Vocabulary Poster Template
Vocabulary Poster Sample Page
Making Connections: Before Reading Quick Writes and Predict/Read/Confirm Chapter Questions that start with personal QUICK WRITES
Summarizing by Writing New Verses for The Ballad of Emily Wiggins
Crossword Puzzle: Character Connections
Activities for Visualizing the Chapters through Drawing
Multiple Choice Comprehension Activities
Create a Map of Emily's Adventures
Recalling and Analyzing the Chapters, Discuss and Write
Antsy Pantsy Adverbs
Logic Puzzle: The Ponies of the Overhill Stagecoach Company
The Math of Emily's Travels
Research: Transportation or Communication of the 19th Century
Kids Wings Website: http://suzyred.com/2011_Emilys_Fortune.html
Plus, an interactive Jeopardy-type game in PowerPoint format!
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