Sneak Peek at Storyworks: A Riveting Disaster Story and Inspiring Paired Texts

By
Allison Friedman

It may only be July, but your September issue of Storyworks is already at the presses—and we can’t resist sharing a sneak peek with you! Here are a couple of the features we’re most excited about:

 
 
We’ve featured quite a few disaster stories in Storyworks over the years. But until now, we’d never had an article about the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history: the Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900. In a time before sophisticated weather prediction, this Category 4 storm hit Galveston, Texas, with almost no warning, nearly wiping the coastal city off the map. Your students will be on the edge of their seats as they read about a 14-year-old boy who risked his life to save dozens of people from the raging floodwaters. And don’t miss our behind-the-scenes video, in which author Lauren Tarshis gives readers a glimpse at the research and writing journey behind the article.
 
 
This issue’s paired-text feature will introduce your readers to Osawa Owiti, a young Tanzanian boy who faced prejudice and cruelty because of his cleft lip—until a simple surgery changed his life forever. We’ve paired it with a Q&A with a 10-year-old girl who has raised thousands of dollars for Smile Train, the organization that helped Osawa. This powerful pairing will move your students and galvanize them to take action!
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