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The Magic Half
by Annie Barrows

What if all of your siblings had a twin except for YOU? How would you feel?

Miri feels like the jam in the middle of a twin sandwich! She has twin older brothers and twin younger sisters. Most of the time, she feels left out.

Having moved to an old farm house where Miri could have her own room, everyone else is playing together. Miri is exploring her new room when she discovers a lens taped to the baseboard. When she looks through the lens, she is tumbled and whirled backward into a world of the Great Depression where a girl named Molly is living in her room in the same farm house. It doesn't take long for Miri to discover an extremely dangerous family situation threatens Molly's life. What can Miri do that will help Molly? What strange events have set up this surprising meeting? What can Miri do to return to the present time, back to her own loving family? Will Miri be able to help Molly survive or will she be helpless to change the events that spell disaster?

This spell-binding story will be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Intricate details magically weave together to spell adventure!

The Kids' Wings literature guide invites group discussion, problem solving, research, writing, skill building, and authentic writing prompts and a culminating interactive Jeopardy-type game. Teachers who want students to enjoy the fun of a fast moving story of time travel, family, and terror will want make this book part of their classroom libraries.

Research Links
The Magic Half

Author Annie Barrows
Review of The Magic Half

Growing up in the Great Depression
People and Events in 1935
The Stock Market Crash and Beyond
Learn About the Great Depression and the Stock Market Crash

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A 37-page unit PLUS interactive Jeopardy-type game, perfect for lesson planning, handouts, or projection on your SmartBoard for The Magic Half by Annie Barrows is now available!

The Activity Guide Contains:
Pre-Reading Discussion Cards
Anticipation Guide
Preparing Your Intellectual Tools: Dialectical Journal
2 -Page Readers’ Theater Introduction
Vocabulary List
Research: The Great Depression
Exploring Living History: The Interview
Making Connections: Before Reading Quick Writes and Predict/Read/Confirm Chapter Questions
Character Studies
The Decagon Room
Designing My Own Room
Crossword Puzzle: Magic Happens
Activities for Visualizing the Chapters through Drawing
Multiple Choice and Short Answer Comprehension Activities
Visualizing the Story
Cause and Effect
There's More to the Story, A Spinner Discussion
Illustrate a Description
Illustrate and Describe Your Part of Town
What If and Analogies
Story Mapping a New Ending
First Draft to Final Draft
Horst's Hidden Things
Two-page Story Review
Answer Keys

Plus, an interactive Jeopardy-type game!


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