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4 Resources Connected to the March Paired Texts

By Lauren Salisbury
February 15, 2019


The paired texts in the March issue of Scope are sure to delight and fascinate your students. Two nonfiction texts, “Hunting a Monster” and “Monster of the Deep,” explore the fact and fiction behind everyone’s favorite fantastical creatures, including Bigfoot, giant squid, mermaids, and dragons. After reading both articles, explore the resources below to keep the learning going.

Essential Questions:

  • Where do stories about mythological creatures come from?
  • What is the appeal of imaginary creatures?
  • How do myths help explain the world?


4 resources to keep the learning going:

Website and Video: American Museum of Natural History

Explore this stunning site created to accompany an episode of Shelf Life, “Voyage of the Giant Squid.” Curators discuss our unexplored oceans, the history of the species, and show off one of the best-preserved specimens that exists. Scroll down to view artwork, literature, photographs, and fossils as you learn about other mythical creatures, such as unicorns, Cyclops, and dragons, and their animal counterparts.

Voyage of the Giant Squid

Nova Online: The Beast of Loch Ness

Explore this this PBS site to learn more about the legend of Loch Ness Monster. See newspaper headlines, photos, and artwork, and click the link at the bottom of the page to read or hear eyewitness accounts from those who swear they saw something in the loch.

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Article: “From Mermaids to Manatees: the Myth and the Reality” 

Read this Smithsonian article to learn more about mermaids and the animals that may have been their inspiration.  


Poem: “The Kraken” by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Read this famous sonnet by poet Alfred Lord Tennyson about a sea monster that swallowed ships off the coast of Norway.


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