Downloadable Literature Guides

You can purchase four units with 43-pages of activities for award-winning poetry books:
Two Story Poem Books About Times When Life Was Hard:
Where I Live

Amber Was Brave, Essie was Smart

Sijo Poems about funny, unexpected, amazing aspects of everyday things:
Tap Dancing on the Roof
Poems that celebrate the rich diversity of American kids:
Amazing Faces
or immediate download for only $17.95!
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Where I Live
by Eileen Spinelli

A Narrative Poem About a Time When Life Was Hard

"This is where I live -- in the yellow house with the white shutters."

Diana enjoys living in her house with her family, near her best friend, Rose. Her little sister, Twink, guards the front door where a bird has built her nest in the willow wreath. Good things happen in her home and in her school.

Then, her daddy loses his job. Will Diana lose her home...her friend...?

This warm, timely, emotional narrative poem told in blank verse will inspire children to think about their own homes and to feel secure in their futures where new doors can open when old ones are closed.

Research Links for Where I Live

Helping Children Cope with a Parent's Job Loss
Family Coping with Job Loss
Surviving Tough Times
Helping Children Cope with a Parent's Job Loss
Finding Meaning with Job Loss

Literature Connections:

Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart by Vera B. Williams

This is the story about Amber and Essie
Written in blank verse poetry.
Life changed for Amber and Essie
When their daddy went to jail.
There was not much food,
And they were often alone.
But they were happy.
They could make a Best Sandwich.
Plus, there was Wilson
And Nata-Lee.



Where I Live by Eileen Spinelli

A 12-page unit for Where I Live is a part of a collection of 24 units in Gifts and Givers

The Kids' Wings Unit Contains:
Discussion Cards
Readers Theater
Memory Box
Anticipation Guide
Map Activities
Poetry Discussion: The Language of Emotion
Crossword Puzzle
Comprehension Check-up
More Purple Flopples
Comparing and Contrasting Books
How Old, A Logic Puzzle
Discussion and Writing Prompts

A 9-page unit for Amazing Faces, perfect for lesson planning, handouts, or projection on your SmartBoard for is now available!

The Activity Guide for Amazing Faces Contains:

A 12-page unit for Tap Dancing on the Roof, perfect for lesson planning, handouts, or projection on your SmartBoard for is now available!

Special Offer!
Where I Live is included in the Kids Wings Gifts and Givers collection of literature guides for award-winning novels and intermediate-level picture books. This collection comes in a spiral-bound book with CD and site license for one school. The Gifts and Givers package includes 24 literature guides for award-winning books, over 500 pages of activities, 7 Jeopardy-type games, and 9 Karoke-type songs You can purchase a literature guide individually for around $12.95, but if you order Gifts and Givers, you can get 24 literature guides on sale, for about $1.00 each! This is one of the best bargain in the USA, while quantities last!


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