Category Archives: Biography

More WWII and Holocaust Literature

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Lois Lowry’s Number the Stars, a gripping novel set in Denmark during World War II, has captured our hearts and imagination, stirred our spirits, and piqued our interest in literature about the Holocaust.

For those of you who wish to dig deeper still, here are a few more recommendations.

Diary of Anne Frank519HKX9M69L

Interactive Site: The Secret Annex Online

The Book Thief Unknown

Movie Trailer: The Book Thief

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit553384

Resources for “Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man”

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This week, we are reading Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man in our Houghton Mifflin reading anthology.  We will use this POWERPOINT to introduce the selection.

Here are some resources to increase your comprehension and enjoyment of this reading selection.

Click on “Meet the Author” and “Meet the Illustrator” to learn about the author and illustrator.

Click on Spelling List for this week’s spelling words.

Click on e-Word Game to practice the vocabulary words.

Click on “Luckiest Man” speech to listen to and watch Lou Gehrig’s speech.

Click on National Baseball Hall of Fame to read more about Lou Gehrig.

Blog question:  What makes Lou Gehrig a hero?

Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man
Adler, Dav A.
AR Quiz No. 14422 EN Nonfiction
BL: 4.6 – AR Pts: 0.5
AR Quiz Types: RPVP
Rating: 3.0
Traces the life of the Yankees’ star ballplayer, focusing on his character and his struggle with the terminal disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Book-Club Project ~ Writing a Resume

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resume-sampleThis week in our Book Clubs, you will write a resume for one of the characters in your book.  Be thoughtful about which book you choose this week.  You may certainly select a fiction book and write a resume for your fictional character.  Historical fiction is a great genre for this project.  However, you may also consider a nonfiction book.  A biography is a nice genre to pick for this project, as well.

Learn more about writing resumes for this project here:

To create your resume go to

Career Kids ~ My First Resume

Resources for “Gloria Estefan”

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imagesThis week, we are reading “Gloria Estefan in our Houghton Mifflin reading anthology.  We will use this POWERPOINT to guide our introduction of the story.  In addition, here are some resources to increase your comprehension and enjoyment of this reading selection.

BUILD YOUR SKILLS:

Comprehension and Analysis Skills:

Vocabulary Skills:

  • Study the vocabulary and play games with these flashcards.
  • Play our e-Word Game to practice the vocabulary words.
Fluency Skills:

Spelling Skills:

Grammar/Language Skills:

ANALYZE AND RESPOND IN A BLOG COMMENT

Why do you think  Gloria Estefan enjoyed music so much while she was growing up?

Do you think Gloria and Emilio Estefan make a good musical team? Explain.

What do you learn about Gloria Estefan’s personality from the way she recovered from her accident?

Would you enjoy having the kind of fame that Gloria Estefan has achieved? Why or why not?

What qualities and accomplishments make Gloria Estefan a hero?

TAKE THE AR TEST (by Friday):

Gloria Estefan (HM Edition)
Boulais, Sue
AR Quiz No. 902062 EN Nonfiction
BL: 4.7 – AR Pts: N/A
AR Quiz Types: OR
Selection from Houghton Mifflin “Traditions” Grade 4 Pupil Edition.

Resources for “Boss of the Plains”

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This week, we are reading “Boss of the Plains“in our Houghton Mifflin reading anthology.  Here are some resources to increase your understanding and enjoyment of the story.

Click on “Meet the Author” to learn about the author.

Click on “Meet the Illustrator” to learn about the illustrator.

Click on “PowerPoint” to download and view a slideshow created to support the story.

Click on e-Word Game to practice the vocabulary words.

Click on “Traditional Old West Dress Hatto learn more about the Stetson hat.

Some say “Boss of the Plains” is a biography.  Others say it is historical fiction.  Let’s look at two sources to help us decide if “Boss of the Plains” is a biography or historical fiction.  Please click on Wikipedia’s John Batterson Stetson to read about him.  Then look at Encyclopedia’s John Batterson Stetson .  Finally, decide on whether “Boss of the Plains” is a biography or historical fiction.

Write at least TWO comments about what you learned and/or accomplished during computers today.  You may use our class email:  rankinwriters@gmail.com.

Resources for Tomas and the Library Lady

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This week, we are reading Tomas and the Library Lady in our Houghton Mifflin reading book.  Here are some resources to increase your understanding and enjoyment of the story.

Click on “Meet the Author” to learn about the author.

Click on “Meet the Illustrator” to learn about the illustrator.

Click on “Video” to watch a video of the author talking about Tomas.

Click on “Review” to read a review of the story.

Click on e-Word Game to practice the vocabulary words.

The genre is biographical fiction.  Biographical fiction is a story containing facts about a person’s life which is based on careful research and presented in dramatic episodes that usually include fictionalized conversation.

Enjoy the story!

Resources for “By the Shores of Silver Lake”

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This week, we are reading an excerpt from the book By the Shores of Silver Lake, by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Here are some resources to improve your comprehension and enjoyment of the story.

  • To meet the author, click here.
  • To learn the answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Laura Ingalls Wilder, click here.
  • For extra-credit Think About the Story questions to answer in the comment field, click here.
  • To read a story summary, click here.
  • To download our reading vocabulary and comprehension PowerPoint for the story, clickhere.
  • To learn the definitions to our vocabulary words, click here.
  • To practice this selection’s vocabulary words by playing an eWord  Game, click here.
  • To use the eGlossary, click here.
  • To take a vocabulary quiz and upload your certificate, click here.
  • To download and print a Hidden Message Puzzle to support the reading, click here.