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Woods Runner
by Gary Paulsen

From the time he was a baby, Samuel had lived in a little cabin in the forests of western Pennsylvania at a time when the British colonies were beginning the struggle for independence from England. His family had moved from the big city to escape the noise and chaos, wanting only to do hard physical work, read, and talk together. Now Samuel was 13, carried his own rifle, could track game for their food. He was most at home exploring the hills and woods.

From the east, rumblings of war reached Samuel's family occasionally, carried by those fleeing west to escape the fighting and the rule of the British. Lexington and Concord seemed a world away. But they didn't think the war that was beginning could invade their forest home or touch their lives. They didn't expect it when its horrid reality exploded in their clearing while Samuel was in the hills hunting bear ... the day his life changed forever.

In Woods Runner, Gary Paulsen, one of the most honored writers of children and young adult literature, puts a face on the American Revolution. Samuel's face. A face you won't soon forget. Alternating chapters of Samuel's story with a page or two of sobering historical facts about the war helps Woods Runner bring history alive. It is filled with patriotism, compassion, perseverance, loyalty and sacrifice. It will stir your emotions with the horror and heroism of the war and make you want to learn more about the history of the American colonies and those who sacrificed so much to enable it to become an independent country.

Recommended for grades 5 and up, Woods Runner is a story that all young people must read. The Kids' Wings literature guide invites group discussion, problem solving, research, writing, skill building, and authentic applications, all inspired by Samuel's story, the historical fiction, interwoven with historical fact. Teachers who want students to cherish and remember history will make this book part of their classroom libraries.

Research Links
Woods Runner

Free America! A Song of the Patriots
Music of the Revolution

Popular Songs from American History

The Declaration of Independence
The Charters of Freedom
Sign the Declaration of Independence!
Images of the American Revolution

Timeline of the Revolution
Eyewitness Account of the Boston Tea Party
Flags of the Revolution
Video Presentation about Paul Revere
Liberty! Chronicle of the Revolution Newspaper Accounts

Story Moods and Tones (Right Click to Downloads)

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A 37-page unit PLUS interactive Jeopardy-type game, perfect for lesson planning, handouts, or projection on your SmartBoard for
Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen is now available!

The Activity Guide Contains:
Pre-Reading Discussion Cards
Anticipation Guide
Getting Ready to Read Embedded Nonfiction
3-Page Readers’ Theater Introduction
Preparing Your Intellectual Tools: Dialectical Journals
Vocabulary by Chapters with Activity adapted from The Frayer Model
Making Connections: Before Reading Quick Writes and Predict/Read/Confirm Chapter Questions
Character Studies
Crossword Puzzle: The American Revolution
Activities for Visualizing the Chapters through Drawing
Multiple Choice Comprehension Activities
Activities for Visualizing the Chapters
Samuel, A Child of the Forest, A Narrative Poem/Ballad
Recalling and Analyzing the Chapters, Discuss and Write
Analyzing the Events, Discussion and Writing
Secret Message to decipher
Research A Hero of the American Revolution
Writing Prompts
Answer Keys

Plus, an interactive Jeopardy-type game!



Woods Runner is one of the 26 literature guides in Extraordinary Destinations . While you can purchase the individual literature guides for about $19.95, if you order Extraordinary Destinations , you can get the entire collection in a spiral-bound book with CD and site license for one school and pay less than $1 a unit in the collection!


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