WONDER STRUCK by Brian Selznick
What could possibly link the life of a famous New York actress's daughter in 1927 with the life of a boy living on the shores of Gunflint Lake, Minnesota, in 1977?
Their two stories come to life in totally different formats:
her story, drawn in pictures and
his story, written in words,
both alternating through Brian Selznick's unique historical fiction mystery, Wonder Struck in 2012.
Both kids wish for something they don't have.
The girl wishes for the love of her mother who has deserted her for her acting career.
The boy longs to find a father he has never known.
Both kids run away to seek a parent who is out of their reach.
Both kids have similar handicaps.
Both kids love museums.
Both are deaf.
Neither knows the other exists.
Ben's story begins in Minnesota where an accident has changed his life forever. It has robbed him of a beloved mother but has offered clues to finding a father he never had. In finding the clues, another accident steals one of his most important possessions. What will happen when he leaves the hospital without it?
Rose's story begins in a three-story house on the banks of the Hudson River, overlooking New York City. Here, she is being held captive by someone who should care deeply for her. She often slips out of her house, down to the river, and releases notes that scream for help, notes folded as boats. What will happen when she makes her way to New York City?
The Kids' Wings literature guide invites group discussion, problem solving, research, writing, skill building, creating museums, and a culminating interactive Jeopardy-type game. Teachers who want students to use fun, exciting, well-written literature in a story about museums, family, and history to entice kids to love reading and develop skills as a bonus will want make this book and the Kids Wings activity guide part of their classroom libraries.
Activities in the Kids Wings Literature Guide by Suzy Red include the following in PowerPoint and PDF formats:
Pre-reading Discussion Cards;
Two-Page Readers’ Theater Introduction;
Where in the World is New York?
Get Ready! Get Set! Go! Preparing your Dialectical Journal;
Problems, Choices, and Consequences, pages 1-2;
Character Studies for Ben and Rose;
Analyzing Quotes, Pages 1 and 2;
Ben's Story, Pages 14-15, Multiple Choice;
Rose's Story, Summarization of Pages 28-67, Multiple Choice;
Visualizing Ben's Story, Pages 85-176, Drawing;
Creating My Own Museum Box;
Rose's Story, Summarization of Pages 70-173, Multiple Choice;
Rose's Story, Summarization of Pages 178-225, Multiple Choice;
Crossword Puzzle, Two Separate Lives, Part 1;
Visualizing Ben's Story, Pages 194-367, Drawing;
Rose's Story, Writing a Summary, Pages 228-241 and 244-263;
Surprises in the Museum, Pages 381-487;
Crossword Puzzle, Museum Meetings, Part 2;
The Research Song to the tune of "Sixteen Tons";
Research: Was Lillian Mayhew a Real Person?
Problem Solving, Pages 448-487;
Kincade's Book Store, Pages 490-547;
Evaluation of Elaine Wilson's Characteristics;
Discussion and Writing Questions, Pages 547-578;
Discussion and Writing Questions, Pages 579-617;
The New York City Blackout of 1977;
Plus, a BONUS Interactive Jeopardy-type Game in PowerPoint format.
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