Doesn't it completely draw your attention!
This past week we focused on a paired text series. One of the stories was called The Boston Molasses Flood of 1919. It is the story of a huge tankard of molasses that cracked and sent a 50 foot tidal wave of molasses into Boston's North End, killing 21 people.
If that sounds intriguing and if you study immigration, you can watch this really cool video about the Molasses Flood.
It was a great social studies tie in for us too because we are finishing up the Industrial Revolution, and beginning World War I. My Smarties were amazed that they used to make bombs by distilling the molasses. Who would have thought!
We are pairing it with another environmental story called Don't Touch the Water about a chemical spill in West Virginia. This was interesting because the people could not drink or use or TOUCH the water in their community for weeks! The area has still not gotten a complete diagnostic about the chemicals that spilled into the river.
After completing some close read questions, about each topic, we compared the two texts. That is another thing I LOVE about SCOPE. There are so many different activities with each story, and suggestions for differentiation too!
These two stories kept my students completely engaged in reading last week. LOVE it! Especially with more than 25 days of school to go!
How are you keeping your students focused?