Copyright Date: 2006
Published by: Harcourt Children’s Books
Lexile Reading Level: 770
Grade Level Recommendation: 5th Grade
Common Core State Standard: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.2
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
Suggested Delivery: Independent read, small groups
- evacuation: the removal of persons or things from an endangered area.
- catastrophic: disastrous or dangerous event.
- casualties: one who is injured or killed in an accident.
- astronomer: an expert or someone who studies the universe beyond the planet earth.
- telescope: an instrument used to make things far away seem larger.
- famine: extreme and general scarcity of food, as a country or a large geographical area.
- Before: Introduce students to the book by discussing the moon and its effects on our planet.
- During: Students can take notes on Miranda’s personality and mood at the beginning of the book and how it changes throughout the story. Students can also reflect on how a situation in their own life may have shaped who they are today.
- After: Give students the opportunity to make a survival bag. This can be done physically or as a written assignment. Students can make a list of items that they would need to help them get through a year only a limited amount of supplies.
Writing Activity Suggestion: Have students imagine that they are in Miranda’s shoes and instruct them to write a few diary entries. Some prompt questions may be:
- What food would you stock up on if you could only eat one thing for a year?
- What sacrifices would you make for your family if you were in Miranda’s shoes?
- Write a few journal entries in another characters’ perspective. How would this story be different if the whole book was written from someone else’s point of view? Why?
- Would you be sacred if this happened to you? Write a few diary entries about what your initial reactions would be and how you would handle adapting to your new life.
- Would you start to lose hope after a while? What would make you want to keep living?
- Susuan Beth Pfeffer’s Blog– This link will bring you right to the author’s blog. She provided links helpful and useful websites. She has also written posts talking about the behind-the-scenes in creating this popular series. The link I found most helpful was here. I found some great lesson plans and ideas on how to make this story come to life for students.
- Does the Moon Really Control the Tides?– This is a brief YouTube video, which talks about how the moon and tides are related.
- PBS Space Time– I really like this video. It talks about how the moon and the tides in more detail than the video link about this.
Last Survivors Series:
- Life as We Knew It
- The Dead and the Gone
- This World We Live In
- The Shade of the Moon