UMBRELLA SUMMER by Lisa Graff, Rising Above Grief

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Have you ever been afraid? Annie Richards has been.
What do you do when you're afraid? Hide? Annie did.
Were you afraid of African sleeping sickness? Annie was.
Did diseases ever scare you? They scared Annie.
Were you afraid to ride your bike? Annie was.
Did you stop riding your bicycle? Annie did.

Annie wasn't just afraid of BIG dangers like earthquakes, fires, and plagues. She knew that she had to watch out for little things, like bug bites. In fact she covered her arms and stomach with Band-Aids and her legs with Ace bandages. You never know what might happen. Annie's brother, Jared, wasn't afraid of anything, and yet, he died after a little hockey puck hit him in the chest. The doctor said he had a heart problem.

So Annie had to give up fun. She had to become cautious. Even when her friend Doug tried to get her to play some really fun games, Annie said no. Her friend, Rebecca, wanted Annie to ride bikes with her, but Annie, who couldn't allow herself to ride fast, had to settle for "Turtle Tracks."

Don't be surprised if you roll on the floor laughing on one page, and feel a tear run down your cheek on the next. You see, this is the story of a regular girl who struggles to find happiness in the face of death. It's an amazing story of friendships, a haunted house, a safari ninja attack, and special neighbor who helps Annie close her umbrella of sadness so the sun can shine on her again.

The Kids Wings Literature Guide by Suzy Red comes to your in PowerPoint and PDF formats for ease in projecting and printing. The Activities include:

The Kids' Wings Study Guide Contains:
Discussion Cards
Anticipation Guide
2-page Readers’ Theater Introduction
Family Project: Letters to Our Children--Suzy Red considers THIS one of her best ideas ever!
Story Timeline
Multiple Choice Comprehension Activities
Character Studies
Transforming Hyperboles to Pictures
Crossword Puzzle
The Song of Umbrella Summer --
Visualizing Chapters
Not What You Expect: Mixing Humor and Sadness
Dramatizing Chapters
Editing and Revising Annie's Letter to Rebecca
The Worst Fourth of July, A Logic Puzzle
A Story Framed in Action
Writing Prompts
A Five-Page Lesson on Contrastive Stress
Signs of Grief
Stages of Grief
Answer Keys

PLUS an interactive Jeopardy-Type Game in PowerPoint format!
PLUS a Recorded Song and Melody for summarizing chapters and transforming them into additional lyrics for the song.


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Total Pages
91 Plus Recorded Song and Melody
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Months

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UMBRELLA SUMMER by Lisa Graff, Rising Above Grief
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