Literature Ladders

Intermediate (3-5) Literature-based WebQuests

A Boy Called Slow: The True Story Of Sitting Bull by Joseph Bruchac (Grade 3). You are a reporter who goes back in time to do a special interview with Sitting Bull.  You will need to find out information on the history of Sitting Bull and how he earned his name.

Cesar Chavez - Viva la Causa (Grades 3-5). Based on Amelia's Road by Linda Jacobs Altman. Learners will read information about Cesar Chavez and read Amelia's Road about a migrant farm family.

Anansi the Spider by Gerald McDermott. Read the book, compare to other tales, and do some activities.

Author Analysis (Intermediate). Explore books by the author, information about the author, and present information about the author's craft.

Author Expert WebQuest (Grade 3-5). Become an "Author Expert", read and analyze books by that author, make and share a poster report, communicate with the author, and create an original story using what you have learned about this author's writing style.

Autobiography of Who? (Grade 5). Read about authors, read biographies and write an autobiography.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Grade 3-5). Read the book and invent a candy, learn about the history and origin of chocolate, and create a board game.

Coyote the Trickster (Grades 3-5). Explore Native American stories.

Fact or Fiction: Island of the Blue Dolphins and Zia - Living History - (Grades 4-6). Based on Island of Blue Dolphins. Read the books Island of the Blue Dolphins, Zia, and the Lone Woman of Ghala-sat. What parts of these are fact and which are fiction? Other Island of the Blue Dolphins WebQuests: Historical Fiction

Fairy Tale Court: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (Grades 3-5). Read the book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. Through a mock trial, you and your classmates (as judges, jurors and other members of the court) have some important decisions to make. Should Mr. Wolf be convicted of a crime or presumed innocent?

Finding Justice in Fairy Tales (Grades 3-6). Why do fairy tales always have such mean villains? Why do our heroes have to suffer so much? Come and investigate a few stories and take those bad bullies to court!

Hatchet by Gary Paulson (Grades 5-6). Take a journey across Canada as a pilot, explorer, wildlife specialist, or reporter.

History: Whose Story Is It Anyway? (Grades 4-6). Explore historical documents and writing.

The Islander by Cynthia Rylant (Grade 3-4). Learn about the setting in British Columbia, life on an island, and animals on the island.

Johnny Tremain (Grade 5). To understand the characters, student learn about the the time period, family structure, trades, apprentices, and government struggles during the Revolutionary War period.

The Grickle-Grass Gazette (Grades 3-5). Based on the book The Lorax. Read the book "The Lorax". Help the ecological newspaper by creating a page for its new issue.

Multicultural Cinderella Folktales (Grades 4-6). Compare online versions of Cinderella, compare with a Venn diagram, make a mobile, write your own folktale. Other WebQuests: Cinderella, Cinderella, Cinderella, Cinderella Around the World (grade 1)

Poetry WebQuest (Elementary). Read poems, write poems.

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (Grades 3-5). Focus on the setting in Japan (compared to US), time period of WWI, and art of origami.

Mainly Main (Grades 3-5). Based on the book Sarah, Plain and Tall. Decide to create a brochure with words and pictures to help your family understand the true beauty of Maine.

Speare, Elizabeth - Fact or Fiction: An Analysis of Historical Fiction Literature by Elizabeth George Speare (Grade 5). Read and analyze one of Elizabeth George Speare's historical fiction novels (Witch of Blackbird Pond or Sign of the Beaver) to determine what is fact and what is fiction.

Survival! Lost in the Canadian Wilderness (Grade 4). Based on Hatchet. An expeditionary force is sent explore the Canadian Wilderness to verify the accuracy and detail of Brian Robeson's story. Along the way, we must factually document our own journey. 

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