Red Sky in Mourning by Tami Oldham Ashcraft is a memoir about her personal experience of being lost at sea for 41 days as a result of capsizing with her fiance during Hurricane Raymond. Recently adapted for the big screen with the major motion picture, Adrift (2018), this book is a great way to teach memoirs and to introduce nonfiction. This product focuses on excerpts from pages 18-29 (the storm) and pages 42-49 (waking up after the storm) and includes comprehension questions and answers for these sections, a summary activity, and a text vs. movie comparison. The movie is rated PG-13 and follows two parallel stories (from Tami and Richard meeting to the storm and from Tami waking up after the storm to her rescue). The best part of this product is that the excerpts do not reveal what happens to Richard, so the students are interested in finding out what happened to him during the movie comparison. I personally use these activities to introduce nonfiction writing and keep my students highly engaged with a topic that is not typically a favorite among students. Since this is a personal account of Tami's true story, it is definitely engaging and impressive!
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