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The Search for Shadowman by Joan Lowery Nixon, Become a Family Researcher!

Kids Wings
Grade Levels
4th - 7th, Homeschool
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18 pages
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The Search for Shadowman by Joan Lowery Nixon will entice your students to become Family Researchers!

Do you have a skeleton in your closet?

Andy Bonner stumbles upon a skeleton in his closet after his teacher assigns a research project that requires him to explore his family history. When he begins to ask his family questions, he is surprised when he hits a brick wall. His family is silent about one ancestor, Coley Joe Bonner, who turns out to be a black sheep in his family. What secret are they hiding about this mysterious family member? Determined to uncover the truth, Andy dives into other sources of information from the Internet to the library, to the local cemetery.

The plot thickens as clues pop up to help Andy unravel the mystery but threaten his best friend. Will Andy's search reveal exactly what the skeleton hides? Will it destroy the reputation of the town's founding father? What lesson will the family learn from the answer?

Search for the Shadowman invites students to enjoy a masterful mysterious work of historical fiction by celebrated author Joan Lowery Nixon, respond to her story, write their own historical fiction story, and use a rubric to develop excellence in their writing.

The 17-Kids Wings Literature Guide by Suzy Red will lead your students to identify crucial points of research in the story and then apply them to their own research! The unit comes to you in both PowerPoint and PDF formats for excellence in printing and projecting. The activities include:

The Kids' Wings Study Guide Contains:

Before You Begin

Read-Aloud Character Partners

Silent Reading Character Journal

Family Tree

Questions Please!

Anticipation Guide for Each Chapter

Searching the Shadows Multiple Choice Plus

Searching for Family

Finding the Right Word Multiple Choice

Technology's Family Tree

Searching Scientifically

Problem Solving

End of the Search, Coley Joe's Last Steps

The Tough Questions

Making History, A Texas Logic Puzzle

Our Own Historical Fiction Story

Example of a Historical Fiction Story Written by a Fourth Grader

Rubric for a Historical Fiction Story

Writing Prompts

Answer Keys


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
18 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 months
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