A young, happy farm
family. Beautiful farm land. Bountiful crops.
Then, the rain is gone. Winds blow, picking up the topsoil, sending it
high into the air. The first horrendous dust storm. Followed by more and
more. The Dust Bowl of the 1930s.
In the middle of
the disaster, a farm boy lives the nightmare on his family farm. What
could cause such devastation? Stories begin to grow. Wild stories to help
explain the unthinkable.
Matt Phelan's graphic
Storm in the Barn --brings one of the tall tales to life. Using few
words, and told through the eyes of 11-year-old Jack Clark, the story
becomes a frightening one, especially knowing that much of the story is
historical fact that has been woven into a gripping tale of thrilling
fantasy. When he comes face to face with the Storm in the barn, he must
find the courage to conquer the half-human form to try to save the land
and their family. Weaving in the literature emerging of a tornado disaster
in The Wizard of Oz and the Jack stories, Phelan accomplishes an amazing
feat with his drawings that capture the emotion and melancholy of the
The Kids' Wings literature
guide invites group discussion, prediction, drama, problem-solving, and
skill building. Teachers who want students to interest their students
in the events of the Dust Bowl through historical fiction will want make
this intermediate-level graphic novel part of their classroom libraries.
A 11-page unit perfect for lesson planning, handouts, or projection on
your SmartBoard for The
Storm in the Barn is
now available as part of Extraordinary Destinations, Kids Wings 17th annual
collection of award-winning units.
The Activity Guide Contains:
Pre-Reading Discussion Cards
Readers’ Theater Introduction of The Dust Bowl
Getting Ready to Read Embedded Nonfiction: The Dust Bowl
Map Study: Where in the World Was the Dust Bowl
Crossword Puzzle: A Boy's Courage
Understanding Visual Eye-Clues
Draw the Monster
Researching Other National Disasters
"I Am An American"
Writing Your Own "I Am An American"
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Storm in the Barn
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Extraordinary Destinations Collection.
Though you can order each unit individually for about $12.95, if you order
Extraordinary Destinations you will
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has created outstanding activities for each novel, units which provide
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