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All the Way Home

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The Kids' Wings units for All the Way Home and Flipped introduce your students to stories told from two points of view. All the Way Home engages students in historical fiction and provides opportunities for cooperative learning and high level thinking. Your students will be transported back in time to New York in the 1940s. The unit prepares students for reading this book about friendship, baseball, and polio.

Activities in the All the Way Home unit include:

  • comparing books about heroes,
  • preparing for dialectical journaling,
  • map study,
  • compound/complex sentence game,  (challenging and fun)
  • predict/confirm chapter questions,
  • character quilts, writing poetry,
  • a poem for two voices,
  • multiple-choice comprehension,
  • converting non-standard English to standard English,
  • crossword puzzle,
  • summarizing the chapters,
  • summary writing through a ballad,
  • logic puzzle,
  • Math from Baseball to the Brooklyn Bridge,
  • literary heritage contained in common phrases,
  • researching polio, and
  • discussion/writing prompts.


Flipped has alternating chapters flipping from the girl to the boy.  Activities include:

  • Points of View: Comparing Two Books,
  • Partner Reading,
  • Your Dialectical Journal,
  • Making Connections: Predict/Confirm Chapter Questions,
  • Multiple Choice Comprehension,
  • Crossword Puzzle,
  • A Poem for Two Voices,  
  • A Song for Two Voices: The Ballad of Bryce & Juli,
  • Logic Puzzle,
  • Chicken Math,
  • Discussion/Writing Prompts,
  • Answers

(Note: The kids in the story name their band "The Mystery Pissers" and use the term throughout the story.)


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