I love historical fiction and Lauren Tarshis doesn't disappoint. The I Survived series is a historical fiction that students enjoy reading for many reasons. This resource covers narrative elements, close reading, figurative language, and many more ELA elements. The number 1 comment I get is that they can't believe it happened!
I Survived the Japanese Tsunami is a historical fiction set in Shogahama, Japan in 2011. The tsunami actually happened! I have included actual footage in the form. This novel companion has parts that are objective and a great conversation starter for students. My favorite was putting the students in small groups and walking around to hear their conversation. They love talking about real-life events and giving their own ideas on the hero's survival or how they 'would do it'. This is a digital download for the whole book! The resource covers close reading, figurative language, reflection, parts of speech, and comprehension. Teaching with this series is very engaging for students and teachers!