I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 Resource Set

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Summary

I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 by Lauren Tarshis

This is the story of Lucas, a boy who loves football and whose father is a firefighter in New York City. When his parents tell Lucas he can no longer play football, he takes the train by himself into the city to talk about it with his dad’s best friend, Benny, a firefighter and former football star. Just as he arrives, a disaster unlike any the United States has ever known hits downtown Manhattan. Like all of the books in the I Survived Series, this chapter book is the perfect blend of fact and fiction. The author’s sequencing of events creates a fast-paced historical fiction that students will enjoy reading, making it a smart choice for mini-lessons focused on sequence of events and conflict and resolution.

Teach with I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 by Lauren Tarshis

This Book Club Super Pack includes a Common Core aligned lesson plan and set of resources designed to support small group reading instruction.

Get everything you need to run a successful Book Club using I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 by Lauren Tarshis:

  • Interactive Lesson Plan for 5 Book Club Meetings Focusing on Sequence of Events
  • Chapter by Chapter Discussion Guide
  • Chapter by Chapter Vocabulary Guide
  • Book Club Calendar
  • Conversation Prompts
  • Expectations for Book Club Anchor Chart / Student Reference Sheet
  • Student Self-Evaluation Forms
  • Running Record Assessment Tool
  • Student Reading Response Guide
  • Comprehension Assessment Rubric
  • Common Core State Standard Assessment
  • Bonus: Suggested Mini-Lessons and Questioning Guide for use with any of the I Survived Books
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Common Core Alignment
  • Main Pack: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.3 RL.4.4 RL.4.5 RL.4.6 RL.4.7 RL.4.9 SL.4.1a SL.4.1b SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 SL.4.3 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Vocabulary: L.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6
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    I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 Resource Set

    Instructional Overview

    The instructional overview includes instructional background for sequencing of events, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 Book Club.

    Book Club Management Resources

    The management resources include a Book Club Calendar, conversation prompts, Student Self-Evaluation forms, Reading Response Board (with optional Common Core alignment), and an Expectations for Book Club anchor chart.

    Meeting #1: Introduce Keeping Track of Sequence of Events and Facts About September 11, 2001

    This I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 Book Club will explore how author Lauren Tarshis uses flashbacks and flash forwards to tell the story. Students will create a graphic organizer in their Reader's Notebook to help them track the sequence of events while reading.

    Meeting #2: Sequence of Events and Flashbacks

    Tracking the sequence of events in I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 can be difficult due to the use of flashbacks. However, author Lauren Tarshis includes the flashbacks to tell the reader about the fictional character and to set up conflict in the story.

    Meeting #3: Sorting out the Sequence of Events in a Story

    Students will use a storyline graph to organize the events in I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001. The discussion also focuses on sorting the events of the fictional and real-life portions of the text.

    Meeting #4: Major and Minor Conflicts in the Sequence of Events

    During this I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 Book Club, students will dig deeper into the conflicts presented by author Lauren Tarshis. Special attention is given to the fact that factual events are tied to major conflicts while fictional events are tied to minor conflicts.

    Cumulative Activity: Using Timelines to Find Information to Support a Text

    I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 Focus Assessment and Rubric

    Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with sequence of events.

    I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 Common Core Assessment

    This 9 question Common Core aligned assessment can be used to determine students' overall comprehension of I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 and their mastery of the Common Core State Standards.

    I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 Common Core Alignment

    List of the Common Core State Standards addressed by I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 Book Club Resource Set.

    I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.

    Student Resources in Spanish

    This set of Spanish student facing resources includes Book Club Management Resources for use with I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 by Lauren Tarshis. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Resource Set for this book.

    I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download the I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 Super Pack or this individual Vocabulary Builder for resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth through fun and productive interactions with new words.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6

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