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This blog provides links to nonfiction and diverse media for lessons in the 5th grade reading program.  Students in the program will expand their knowledge of topics and themes by exploring 'outside texts' related to narrative and nonfiction titles.

6.1 The Westing Game

Vocabulary Handbook

Labels and Highlighting Directions

Realistic Fiction (Mystery) Genre Chart

Day 3 - "Ellen Raskin and The Westing Game"

Day 3 - "How the American Dream Works"

Day 13 - "Biography: Andrew Carnegie"

Day 16 - Updated Lesson

Day 16 - "Salem Witch Trials: The Story of the Witch Hunt"

Day 16 - "Seeds of Paranoia: The Salem Witch Trials"

Day 26 - Updated Lesson

Day 26 - "Andrew Carnegie - Rags to Riches, Power to Peace"

Day 31 - "Napoleon Hill"

Day 31 - "Napoleon Hill: Whatever the Mind Can Conceive and Believe, the Mind Can Achieve"

6.1 Book Club

Mystery Genre Chart

The London Eye Setting Map

The Hound of the Baskervilles Article

6.2 Children of the Dust Bowl

Vocabulary Handbook

Labels and Highlighting Directions

Historical Nonfiction Genre Chart

Day 4 - "What Are Stocks?"

Day 4 - "The Market Crashes"

Day 4 - "Sinking Deeper and Deeper"

Days 10 & 11 - "Surviving the Dust Bowl"

Days 10 & 11 - "Surviving the Dust Bowl" Transcript

Day 16 - "Dorothea Lange's Social Vision"

Day 17 - "Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother, 1936"

6.2 Book Club

Historical Fiction Genre Chart

Day 3 - Franklin D. Roosevelt

Day 4 - Updated Lesson

A Letter to Mrs. Roosevelt Setting Map

Sylvia and Aki Article

Aki's Photo

Out of the Dust Setting Map

6.3 Esperanza Rising

Vocabulary Handbook

Labels and Highlighting Directions

Historical Fiction Genre Chart

Day 2 (and Day 28) - "History of Mexico"

Day 9 - Updated Lesson

Day 9 - "Phoenix (mythology)"

Day 17 - "Our Lady of Guadalupe"

Day 17 - "Our Lady of Guadalupe Basilica"

Day 25 (and Day 28) - "Repatriation for Mexican & Filipino Farm Workers"

Day 25 - "Hugs Not Walls"

Day 28 - Note Taking Sheets

Day 29 - "Migrant Farm Workers: Our Nation's Invisible Population"

Day 30 - "A History of Mexican Americans in California: Revolution to Depression: 1900-1940

Day 31 - "United States Farmworker Factsheet"

Day 31 (optional) - "Farmworker Justice"

6.3 Book Club

Biography/Autobiography Genre Chart

Day 1 - "Surviving the Holocaust"

Day 3 - "Adolf Hitler"

Day 3 - "The Holocaust"

Day 4 - Germany and Surrounding Nations, 2016 Map

Day 4 - Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp 1944 Map

Day 14 - "What is a refugee?

Day 15 - "The Final Solution: Jewish Life on the Brink of Death"

Day 20 - "Liberators and Survivors"