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Surviving Hurricane Sandy and After the Disaster
to synthesize key ideas from narrative and informational texts and a video
integrating key ideas and details
Other Key Skills: inference, author’s craft, text evidence, domain-specific vocabulary, central ideas and supporting details, interpreting text, text features
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Students make connections between the two articles.
Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions
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A list of tricky words that appear in the articles. Includes definitions and example sentences as well as a practice activity to reinforce understanding. Click here to learn more about Scope Vocabulary.
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A printable version of the quiz above.
A Tibetan saying states, “Tragedy should be utilized as a strength.” In a two-paragraph response, students explain what this saying means and how it applies to natural disasters. Click here to learn more about our contests.
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Ariel Creamer takes us on a guided tour of Rockaway in this powerful video. Use these Video Discussion Questions to make connections between the video and the articles.
What does our response to natural disasters reveal about the human spirit?
Why does history repeat itself?
In what ways can people from different places come together to solve problems?
See how this text will challenge your students.
The clear purpose is to show readers how one individual dealt with tragedy in a constructive way and to explain the growing challenges of dealing with severe weather. The implicit purpose is to question the wisdom of building in disaster-prone areas.
In “Surviving Hurricane Sandy,” readers see how storytelling techniques can be applied to nonfiction. The structure is mainly linear and includes narrative and informational passages as well as cause/effect structures. “After the Disaster” is an informational text that models problem-solution organization. The author uses questions to subtly guide reader thinking.
Language Conventionality and Clarity
Many domain-specific words (electrical systems, foundations, levees, drainage pump, rubber shock absorber, etc.)
A general understanding of storms is helpful. Building construction, government relief laws, and flood-prevention measures will be unfamiliar to most students.
Lexile: ”Surviving Hurricane Sandy”: 930L;
“After the Disaster”: 1180L
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Other stories that deal with surviving extreme weather:
Brian’s Winter by Gary Paulsen
Out of the Dust by Karen Heese
The Big Wave by Pearl S. Buck
Skills and Standards
Common Core ELA Anchor Standards: R1, R2, R3, R4, R6, R8, R9, R10, W1, W2, W4, W9, SL1, L3, L4, L6
NCTE/IRA: 1, 3, 6, 11, 12