The SOS File by Betsy Byars, Betsy Duffey, and Laurie Myers! Short Stories!

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Have you ever needed to call 9-1-1, but you couldn't get to a phone? Have you ever needed to run, but your legs were like spaghetti? Have you ever needed to yell "help!" but your throat was dry with fear?

Laugh, cry, and panic with Mr. Magro's class as they listen to twelve exciting SOS tales.

In The SOS FILE, twelve of Mr. Magro's students have written about their biggest emergencies and tucked them into the SOS file. Now it's time to read the stories out loud and try to guess whose contribution has not earned extra credit. Sit back and enjoy twelve humorously illustrated stories that are sure to keep your heart thumping.

It's written in a first person voice like this:

Now my teacher, Mr. Magro, wants me to write about my SOS, my biggest emergency. Well, first, I guess I have to have an emergency! Nothing ever seems to happen to me. Oh, well, come to think of it, there was the time I ate all the chocolate candy bars I was supposed to sell for the fund raiser.

We get to put our SOS stories into a special file. Do you have an SOS story? Maybe after you read ours, you'll write one for your teacher's SOS file! I could about the time my little sister, Kathy, set the toilet seat on fire. I wonder, would that be an SOS, Mr. Magro?

I promise you'll love our short stories about our biggest emergencies in The SOS File! The illustrator is Arthur Howard! His cartoons of us are way cool!

"If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing." Benjamin Franklin

The SOS File is a 2005 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year."

The Kids Wings activities by master teacher Suzy Red is a writer's guide that focuses on the authors' literary devices and invites kids to try them out in their own writing. They learn to write from master writers! It comes to you in both PowerPoint and PDF formats for ease in projection and printing. The activities include:

What is the SOS code?
A Readers’ Theater Script Introduction
Write Before You Read, Chapter Journal Prompts
Making Connections: Predict/Read/Confirm Chapter Questions
Mapping the Stories – Graphic Organizer
Crossword Puzzle for “The Pink Panther”
Elaborating the Character for “Three Strikes, You’re Out!”
Literary Devices: MA’S CAVE SOAP
Taking Notes on Literary Devices
Write a Readers’ Theater Script, “Chocolate SOS”
Adding Literary Devices, “The Bear’s Tale”
Multiple Choice Comprehension
Adding Prepositions, “Miracle on Main Street”
An original Magazine Article: “The Hot Seat” with Comprehension Questions
Deciding on My SOS, Choosing High Level Vocabulary
Peer Editing the First Drafts
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The SOS File by Betsy Byars, Betsy Duffey, and Laurie Myer
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The SOS File by Betsy Byars, Betsy Duffey, and Laurie Myer
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