Kids Wings
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6th - 9th
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49 pages for three literature guides
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Kids Wings




by Pam Munoz Ryan

When Esperanza’s world of beauty and wealth turns upside, she must face a giant she has never known before: poverty. Leaving her beautiful home in Mexico, she and her mother travel to California to lead the life of farm workers. Will she survive the hardships and discrimination of poverty or will the hardships destroy her?

Activities in this literature guide were written by Suzy Red and come to you in both PowerPoint and PDF formats for excellence in projection and printing. The activities include:

Sizing Up the Giant: Dialectical Journals

Anticipation Guide: How Do I Feel?

Living Words: Figures of Speech

Making Connections: A Pre- and Post-Reading Discussion Guide

Discrimination: The Caste System--Article with Multiple-Choice Questions

Mountains and Valleys Poetry: Diamante and Concrete Poetry

Translating the Idea: Multiple Choice

Traveling Math with Mapping

Jamaica! A Logic Puzzle

Digging Deeper! Research Project

Comprehension: Multiple Choice

The Spanish/English Memory Game

Vocabulary Frijoles - A Game for Two Players

Those Who Become David--A Teacher-Led Activity

Fruits and Vegetables Crossword Puzzle

Writing Prompts

Answer Keys



by Kathleen Krull, Illustrated by Yuyi Morales

What if you lost your beautiful home and had to move to a strange new place?

What if your new house was filthy and had no doors?

What if your whole family had to work in the fields and only got paid $.30 a day?

What if your boss wouldn't give you any food or clean water to drink?

What if you had no restroom?

What if your boss hit you because you complained?

What if you knew that your boss had murdered people because they quit?

What would you do?

Would you be courageous enough to do something about it?

Would you have enough character to find nonviolent ways to make changes?

Cesar Chavez did. This is the story of his life. The story of a man who many call a HERO.

Crisscrossing California- A Crossword Puzzle

Worker to Leader: Multiple Choice Comprehension

The Path of Justice: Sequencing

Where in the World is California? Map Study

Extension Projects

Create a Diamante Poem

Comparing Historical Fiction with Characters Who Overcome Hardships

Thinking and Acting for Yourself



ANY SMALL GOODNESS, A Novel of the Barrio by Tony Johnston

Living in an East Los Angeles barrio may not sound like much fun to you. It probably makes you think of poor people, gangs, and freeway chases, but that's because you haven't yet met Arturo Rodriquez. Arturo is quick to spot any small goodness...and there are many. His Mexican-American family is one small goodness that provides laughter, love, and tradition, and security in a sometimes dangerous world of the Mexican immigrant. There are other small goodnesses ... a coach, a librarian, the cat, the band, and hot peppers.

Sprinkled with full pocho (Spanish-English mix), Arturo's story tells of any...and many...small goodnesses that make his life vibrantly alive with respect, compassion, laughter, and dreams for the future. As he travels through his mountains and valleys, he watches for people he wants to be like and ways he, too, can pass on any small goodness to others.

Come fill your cup with goodness by reading Tony Johnston's book, ANY SMALL GOODNESS!

Activities in this Kids Wings literature guide for Any Small Goodness were written by Master Teacher Suzy Red and come to you in both PowerPoint and PDF formats for excellence and ease in projection and printing. Activities in this unit include:

Filling Arturo’s Cup

Dialectical Journal--Working in pairs or independently

Anticipation Guides

Making Connections, A Pre- and Post-Reading Chapter Discussion Guide

Five in a Row Vocabulary Game for Pairs

Comprehension Check-Multiple Choice, Illustrate, and Short Answer

Vocabulary Goodness Crossword Puzzle

Mami’s Gift-Multiple Choice and Short Answer Comprehension

Improving Fluency--Pronouncing and Understanding Spanish Words

Cumulative Reading

Choral Reading

Arturo’s Voice-Adding Expression

Blessings-Crossword Puzzle

A Song of the Barrio--Summarize Arturo's Life in Verses of a Song

A Delightful Winning Composition: "The Writing Contest"--with Multiple Choice Check-up

Writing Prompts



PLEASE NOTE: Kids Wings materials are written by highly experienced master teachers. We hire professional proof readers who are also master educators. We do our best to be sure each of our literature guides is top quality and error free, and classroom tested, but if you think we can do better, we welcome your input. If you find an error in our materials, please email us at suzy@suzyred.com so we can make corrections. After it is corrected, we will invite you to download a newly polished copy and will probably attach a surprise to our reply as a thank-you!

If you like our materials, we would be very grateful if you let us and others know!

Total Pages
49 pages for three literature guides
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Teaching Duration
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