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The SOS File
by Betsy Byars, Betsy Duffey, and Laurie Myers

...---... SOS! HELP! ... --- ... SOS! HELP! ... ---... SOS! HELP!

Someone is in TROUBLE!

Now my teacher, Mr. Magro, wants me to write about my SOS, my biggest emergency. Well, first, I guess I have to have an emergency! Nothing ever seems to happen to me. Oh, well, come to think of it, there was the time I ate all the chocolate candy bars I was supposed to sell for the fund raiser.

We get to put our SOS stories into a special file. Do you have an SOS story? Maybe after you read ours, you'll write one for your teacher's SOS file! I could about the time my little sister, Kathy, set the toilet seat on fire. I wonder, would that be an SOS, Mr. Magro?

I promise you'll love our short stories about our biggest emergencies in The SOS File! The illustrator is Arthur Howard! His cartoons of us are way cool!

"If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead,
either write things worth reading or do things worth writing."
Benjamin Franklin

"Have you ever needed to call 9-1-1, but you couldn't get to a phone? Have you ever needed to run, but your legs were like spaghetti? Have you ever needed to yell "help!" but your throat was dry with fear?

Laugh, cry, and panic with Mr. Magro's class as they listen to twelve exciting SOS tales

Throughout the year, twelve of Mr. Magro's students have written about their biggest emergencies and tucked them into the SOS file. Now it's time to read the stories out loud and try to guess whose contribution has not earned extra credit. Sit back and enjoy twelve humorously illustrated stories that are sure to keep your heart thumping.

The SOS File is a 2005 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year."

 

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Research Links for The SOS File

Use your Experiences to Become a Writer!
The Polishing  Room
where you learn to write with an ACTIVE voice!
Editing Practice
Read this story that uses NO conventions. Then, rewrite it using your best handwriting and the conventions of standard English!
Flip Books for sentence contruction

Literary Connections
Kids Who Write about their Dogs:

My Dog, My Hero, by Betsy Byars, Betsy Duffey, and Laurie Myers

Literary Connections
Kids (and a Worm) Who Write about their SOSs:

Hey, New Kid! by Betsy Duffey, Kids Wings Student Guide in Heart of the Hero

Utterly Yours, Booker Jones, by Betsy Duffey, Kids Wings Student Guide in Character Connections

Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, Kids Wings Student Guide available in Roots and Wings (includes scripted Mock Trial)

Flying Solo by Ralph Fletcher, Kids Wings Student Guide available in Forged in the Fire

26 Fairmont Avenue, An Autobiography by Tomie dePaola, Kids Wings Student Guide available in Forged in the Fire

The Boy on Fairfield Street: Ted Geisel --Dr. Seuss by Kathleen Krull, Kids Wings Student Guide available in Light in the Darkness

Dear Whiskers by Kathleen Krull, Kids Wings Student Guide available in Defeating Giants

Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin, Unit in Book Bridges

Frindle by Andrew Clements, Kids Wings Student Guide in Heart of the Hero

Good Luck, Mrs. K.! by Louise Borden , Kids Wings Student Guide in Roots and Wings

Ida B by Katherine Hannigan, Kids Wings Student Guide available in Light in the Darkness

I Was a Third Grade Science Project by Mary Jane Auch, Kids Wings Student Guide available in Tales for Two Centuries

Rope Burn by Jan Siebold. Kids Wings Student Guide available in Tales for Two Centuries 

You can purchase the new 18-page Kids' Wings Unit The SOS File by Betsy Byars! NOW for immediate download for only $9.95! Sharable with your school! Click Here to Download.

The Kids’ Wings Unit for The SOS File includes:
What is the SOS code?
A Readers’ Theater Script Introduction
Write Before You Read, Chapter Journal Prompts
Making Connections: Predict/Read/Confirm Chapter Questions
Mapping the Stories – Graphic Organizer
Crossword Puzzle for “The Pink Panther”
Elaborating the Character for “Three Strikes, You’re Out!”
Literary Devices: MA’S CAVE SOAP
Taking Notes on Literary Devices
Write a Readers’ Theater Script, “Chocolate SOS”
Adding Literary Devices, “The Bear’s Tale”
Multiple Choice Comprehension
Adding Prepositions, “Miracle on Main Street”
A Magazine Article: “The Hot Seat” with Comprehension Questions
Deciding on My SOS, Choosing High Level Vocabulary
Peer Editing the First Drafts
Answer Keys

Kids Wings 5-Star Rating:

(Symbolizing high moral character in literature)


A special thanks to the talented Mickey Gentle for his arrangement of our background music: "The Man on the Flying Trapeze" by composers Leybourne and Lee

 


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