I Survived The Japanese Tsunami

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Grade Levels
3rd - 5th, Homeschool
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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!  

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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.


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