Intermediate Grades

 
  • Abe Lincoln with His Son Tad: In 1863, President Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November would be Thanksgiving Day. He issued a turkey reprieve - which we would call a pardon - the next month in light of his son Tad's reque...

  • Ambergris - Worth Its Weight in Gold: In addition to capturing whales for oil, whalers hoped to find ambergris inside a whale's body. Not all whales have the substance depicted in this image.

  • Baseball Cards: With the Cubs winning the 2016 World Series, check out how the game began and investigate some little-known facts about things like baseball cards.

  • CAPTAIN POLLARD MAKES MISTAKES: George Pollard, a Nantucket-based whaler whose first command was the whaling ship Essex, made a series of mistakes soon after leaving the harbor in August of 1819.

  • Charlotte's Web: A spider spinning a web, and the death of a "precious" pig, inspire Andy (E.B.) White to compose a beloved children's classic.

  • C.S. Lewis: Clive Staples Lewis, commonly called C.S. Lewis and known to his friends and family as "Jack," is an author best-known for "The Chronicles of Narnia."

  • Daniel Boone: Daniel Boone, an American hero, faces charges of treason against the United States during the Revolutionary War.

  • Dave the Octopus: Scientists have mapped-out the octopus genome! A villain in "Penguins of Madagascar," Dave is an octopus who changes form. A very intelligent invertebrate, the Common Octopus can change form ... but i...

  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as Robert Louis Stevenson's story about good and evil comes alive in this abridged version.

  • Frankenstein - The Monster Lives: Frankenstein - a student at the University of Ingolstadt (in Germany) - has worked hard for nearly two years on a major project. He has given everything to it. On a November night, the unexpected happ...

  • Frankenstein - The Monster Speaks: Frankenstein moves to the remote Orkney Islands to work on a companion for his monster. Nearing completion of his task, Victor has second thoughts and destroys the second being.

  • Frankenstein - The Monster Understands His Fate: Aboard a ship in the Arctic, Victor Frankenstein dies. His death greatly upsets the monster. Never accepted by others, the monster threatens to end his own life on a funeral pyre.

  • GEORGE POLLARD and OWEN CHASE: Although the Captain is in charge of a ship, and his word is "law," George Pollard - captain of the Essex, a whaleship - gives-in to Owen Chase, his First Mate, too many times.

  • Go West: U.S. Westward Expansion: Learn about America's expansion westward and the costs and benefits of that expansion.

  • Helen Keller: With the significant help of Annie Sullivan - who arrived at the Keller home on the 3rd of March, 1887 - Helen becomes an inspiration for people worldwide.

  • How to Find Larger Versions of Thumbnail Images: If you're working on a project needing large pictures, how do you find larger versions of thumbnail images?

  • Hunger Games: Katniss, a skilled archer and Tribute in the Hunger Games, will become a rebel leader and the Mockingjay. Does she lose herself along the way?

  • In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex: An unbelievable tragedy occurs in the middle of the Pacific Ocean when a huge sperm whale rams the Essex, a Nantucket-based whaleship, on November 20, 1820.

  • Isaac Newton and the Falling Apple: Is the story about Isaac Newton and the falling apple true or just a legend? A 1752 manuscript may provide an answer.

  • Jurassic Park: Jurassic Park is a fictional movie with the premise that dinosaurs are reborn from DNA found in fossils.

  • King Kong: King Kong, the movie, debuts during the Great-Depression era and stars a huge gorilla which frightens the people of New York City.

  • Letter From Birmingham Jail - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Arrested and jailed for protesting without a permit, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. used his time in jail to write a letter urging a change in how Americans viewed the civil rights of African-Americans.

  • Miracle on 34th Street: The story of Santa Claus has its base in the life of the Bishop of Myra, Saint Nicholas.

  • Miss Potter: At Easter time, we think about bunnies, like Peter Rabbit (based on a real bunny called Peter Piper). Beatrix Potter, the author who created Peter Rabbit and other fun characters, was a very interesti...

  • Night at the Museum: With Robin Williams playing a rambunctious Teddy Roosevelt, "Night at the Museum" (a fictional story featuring some real historical characters) seems more real than fiction.

  • Quadrant - Navigational Tool for Mariners: After the Essex was fatally struck by a whale, in 1820, the ship's steward retrieved a quadrant which the survivors would need as they used their open whaleboats to reach the coast of Chile.

  • Santa Claus: The story of Santa Claus has its base in the life of the Bishop of Myra, Saint Nicholas.

  • Shadow of the Vampire: The Real Dracula: Dracula is a fictional vampire, yet he actually lives in the 15th Century.

  • Snow White: Legends tells us that the "Snow White" story, from the Brothers Grimm, is based on a real girl, real miners and real places in Germany.

  • Teaching with AwesomeStories' Vincent Van Gogh Story to Deepen Reading, Reflection and Writing for ESL Students: Vincent Van Gogh found beauty in life. Through his paintings, he hoped to share this idea with others.

  • The Lorax: Read Across America with "The Lorax," and Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! This favorite story promotes caring for the environment and the Earth's natural resources.

  • The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe: Edgar Allan Poe's tale of The Tell-Tale Heart remains popular. This is an abridged version.

  • Tricky Vic - An Impossibly Good Con Man: Meet the real Count Victor Lustig, the man behind the "Tricky Vic" tale by Greg Pizzoli.

  • War Horse: War Horse is a movie about the love a young boy has for his horse and how that love lasts for many years, including WWI (also called "The Great War").

  • WHALING LINGO and the NANTUCKET SLEIGH RIDE:

  • Wilma Mankiller: Cherokee Chief: In honor of National Native American Heritage Month, celebrate the life of Wilma Mankiller, Cherokee Chief. Showing amazing courage and determination, this heroine fought for human rights for the peop...

 
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