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Historical Fiction: The Giant Rat of Sumatra by Sid Fleischman (26 pages plus 53-slide Jeopardy Game)
Realistic Poetry:
by David L. Harrison (9 pages)
Time Travel / Ghost Story Fiction:
The Thirteenth Floor b
y Sid Fleischman (13 pages)
Graphic Novel:
Seadogs: An Epic Ocean Operetta
by Lisa Wheeler (13 pages)
Historical Nonfiction/ Biography: Sea Clocks-the Story of Longititude
by Louise Borden, The Biography of John Harrison who discovered how to use LONGITUDE to navigate the ocean (5 pages)

Picture Book:
How I Became a Pirate
by Melinda Long (18 pages for grades 1-3)

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The Giant Rat of Sumatra
Pirates Galore

by Sid Fleischman

Aye! 'Tis land ho! Pirates have landed! The Giant Rat of Sumatra weighs anchor on the coast of San Diego. The year, 1846. Captain Gallows and his crew of scurvy pirates come ashore for a pirate adventure like no other! Told through the eyes of his 12-year-old cabin boy named Shipwreck (for obvious reasons), you can plunge into the fun as you meet the jovial Mexican pirate, Alejandro Gallows. Follow him as he encounters breathtaking escapes, snarling mutineers, lost loves, fast friendships, and revenge like no other.

Why has he brought The Giant Rat of Sumatra to San Diego? Doesn't he know of the trouble brewing there? Will Shipwreck ever be able to get home to Boston? Are there forever friendships among pirates? You're about to find out! Grab a reading buddy, and come read one of the best swashbuckling pirate tales we've ever read!

Research Links for The Giant Rat of Sumatra

Excerpt from The Giant Rat of Sumatra, Chapter 1

Pirates' Vocabulary

Pirates, Fact and Legend

Literary Connections:

The Thirteenth Floor by Sid Fleischman, Kids Wings Student Guide available in the Kids Wings Character Connections collection.

Sea Clocks

Sailing for Gold

Thunder from the Sea

How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long (Unit available in Book Buddies)

Seadogs: An Epic Ocean Operetta by Lisa Wheeler

Theatrical Connections:

Operetta: The Pirates of Penzance

Kids Wings 5-Star Rating:
(Symbolizing high moral character in literature)

A 26-page unit, perfect for lesson planning and handouts for projection on your SmartBoard for The Giant Rat of Sumatra is now available!

The Giant Rat of Sumatra
This unit Contains:
Anticipation Guide
Pirate Stereotypes
Making Connections: Chapter Questions, A Pre- and Post-Reading Discussion Guide
Five in a Row Vocabulary Game
Crossword Puzzle: The Story's Crew
The Captain Goes to Trial, A Mock Trial Guide
Literaty Devices: MA'S CAVE SOAP
Revise Literary Advice
Dictionary: Which Meaning?
Dictionary Check-Up
Multiple Choice Comprehension
Be the Illustrator
A Sailor's Vocabulary Crossword Puzzle
Research Project
Write a Readers Theater Script
Advertise the Book
Comparing Books
Captain's Log Math
Matching Characters
Writing Prompts
Answer Keys
with Interactive Jeopardy-type Game

The Thirteenth Floor!
The Kids Wings Activity Guide for Sid Fleishman's time-traveling Pirate adventure will extend the concepts in the book, build enthusiasm for reading, and help build skills.
Activities include:
Predicting the Future;
Understanding the Characters;
Vocabulary Journal;
Picture the Setting and Action;
Research Via KWL+R;
Increasing Fluency in Reading;
The Characters, The Story Plot, and the Problem;
Dramatic Production;
Jonah Research;
A Thousand Leagues Research;
Play the Interpreter Game;
Figurative Language;
Summarizing Chapters 4-7;
Words in Context;
Dramatize the Trial;
Logic on Trial;
Vocabulary Puzzle;
Writing Prompts;
Answer Keys;

A Special Thanks to Rose's Classical Pages for the wonderful background music: "Prelude from "L'Arlesienne" - Suite No. 1" by GEORGES BIZET (1838-1875)


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