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Dark Water Rising
by Marian Hale
2013 Kids Wings Top Flight Award
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It wasn't Seth's idea to move to the booming city of Galveston on the sweltering August day. It wasn't even his idea to become a doctor. It was his father's dream for him, and Galveston offered the best medical school in the United States at that time. Seth wanted only to become a carpenter like his father. Would that still be possible?

It turns out that Galveston wasn't really so bad. He had even snagged a job as a carpenter's helper, and then there was that pretty girl with golden hair who lived across the street that really made things look up for him.

Instead, on September 8, 1900, his world exploded in the fury of a devastating hurricane.

Woven from historical accounts of the storm's survivors, this is a fictionalized story of the most deadly natural disasters in U. S. history. Hold on to your seat as Seth takes you into Dark Water Rising where fierce winds and floods dictate the horrendous change in this bustling seaport, Galveston, and courage, heroism, sacrifice, and loss live on in the stories of the survivors.

Dark Water Rising contains vivid, gory descriptions of the damage and loss of life during this huricane. For this reason, it would best be aimed at grades 6 and up. Startling figurative language like "Wild waves rose up like a great hand and wrenched loose the Pagoda's long staircase, sending planks tumbling through the air... like a wounded Goliath, the great bathhouse shuddered, folded in on its long legs, and collapsed into the sea" transports the reader into the violent scene. Descriptions of the dead and dying sear into the reader's memory. It was considered the deadliest disaster in United States history, one that will forever define the early history of the Texas coast. Perhaps Hurricane Harvey will surpass its enormous cost. Research to compare the two!

The "Author's Note" at the end of the book provides more historical fact and primary source photographs. Dark Water Rising should be a part of every middle and high school library and history class.

Research Links for
Dark Water Rising
by Marian Hale

NOAA History--The Galveston Storm of 1900
Pictures of Galveston After the Hurricane
Galveston Hurricane--Wikipedia
The 1900 Storm
Time Magazine Article About the Storm
Milton Elford's Eyewitness Account
Texas State Historical Commission Report on the Hurricane
New York Times Accounts of the Hurricane
National Geographic Video of the Galveston Hurricane

Galveston Hurricane Pictures
The Path of the Hurricane

Using Primary Sources

Quotes to memorize:

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear." Ambrose Redmoon

"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it." Helen Keller

You can purchase the 29-page literature guide PLUS interactive Jeopardy-type game for Dark Water Rising for immediate download for only $17.95!
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A 29-page unit PLUS interactive Jeopardy-type game, perfect for lesson plans, handouts, or projection on your SmartBoard for Dark Water Rising
is now available!

The Activity Guide Contains:
The Activity Guide/Lesson Plans Contain:
Pre-reading Discussion Cards
Anticipation Guide
What do you know about Galveston Life Before the Storm?
1-page Readers’ Theater Introduction--Galveston Under Water!
A Vocabulary Log
Chapter 1: Vocabulary, Quick Writes-Read-Predict Confirm, Venn-Diagram
Chapters 2-3: Vocabulary, Quick Writes-Read-Predict Confirm, Writing Persuasively
Chapters 4-6: Vocabulary, Quick Writes-Read-Predict Confirm, Rewriting Slang
Chapters 7-10: Vocabulary, Quick Writes-Read-Predict Confirm, Map Smarts
Chapters 11-14: Vocabulary, Quick Writes-Read-Predict Confirm, Using Primary Sources
Be a History Detective
Chapters 15-18: Vocabulary, Quick Writes-Read-Predict Confirm, Using Dialogue
Chapters 19-21: Vocabulary, Quick Writes-Read-Predict Confirm, Conflicts in the Story
Chapters 22-26: Vocabulary, Quick Writes-Read-Predict Confirm, Help Comes!
Chapters 27-29: Vocabulary, Quick Writes-Read-Predict Confirm, Reflections
Character Studies
Page 22: Where in the World? Map Quiz
Crossword Puzzle
Answer Pages;
Plus, a BONUS Interactive Jeopardy-type Game

Dark Water Rising is a unit in the Kids Wings Growing Young Americans Collection


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