by Margaret Peterson Haddix Year Published: 1998Luke has never been to school. He's never had a birthday party, or gone to a friend's house for an overnight. In fact, Luke has never had a friend.
Luke is one of the shadow children, a third child forbidden by the Population Police. He's lived his entire life in hiding, and now, with a new housing development replacing the woods next to his family's farm, he is no longer even allowed to go outside.
Then, one day Luke sees a girl's face in the window of a house where he knows two other children already live. Finally, he's met a shadow child like himself. Jen is willing to risk everything to come out of the shadows -- does Luke dare to become involved in her dangerous plan? Can he afford not to?
by Elizabeth George Speare Year Published: 1989
Early one morning in the year 1754, the stillness of Charlestown, New Hampshire, was shattered by shrill war whoops and the terror of an Indian raid. Young Miriam Willard, on a day which had promised new happiness, found herself instead a captive on a forest trail, caught in the ebb and flow of the French and Indian War.
This novel is historical fiction but is based on the real diary of Susanna Johnson (Miriam's sister) who wrote about and later published Narrative of the Captivity of Mrs. Johnson.
by Ric O'Barry Year Published: 2009 Movies, Film, Documentary
Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose dolphin mistreatment and a serious human health risk. This movie is used to introduce our Social Issues. This will follow our standard RI.7.7: Compare and contrast a text to an audio, video, or multimedia version of the text, analyzing each medium's portrayal of the subject.
by Lois Lowry Year Published: 1993 Book, NovelFull Text of the Book can be found here by Phillip Noyce Year Published: 2014 movie, film
We will be watching the film adaptation of The Giver movie at the end of the year to follow along with learning standard RL7.7: Comparing a written version to tis film coutnerpart by analyzing the effects of the techniques used.
You can watch a trailer for the movie here: The Giver Movie