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Reading Enrichment #28: Fairy Tales!

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What are Fairy Tales?  According to Merriam-Webster, a fairy tale is “a story (as for children) involving fantastic forces and beings (as fairies, wizards, and goblins) – called also fairy story”.  

“Beauty and the Beast”, Disney’s most recent movie version, premiered recently.  Have you already seen it?  I know I have!  The original Beauty and the Beast (French: La Belle et la Bête) is a traditional fairy tale written by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and published in 1740 in La Jeune Américaine et les contes marins (The Young American and Marine Tales).

1740 is a long time ago, and that made me wonder how old fairy tales are!

If you’re curious about this as well, please visit this Wonderopolis entry: How Old are Fairy Tales?  Read the article, then test your knowledge by clicking on “Did You Get It” and taking the quiz!  Take it a step further by checking out the “Try it Out” section!

Comment below by telling what your favorite part of this Reading Enrichment was!

Reading Enrichment #27: Interjections!

When I was in elementary school, I learned a lot of grammar by watching Schoolhouse Rock cartoons on Saturday morning.  They were so much fun!

Below is a video about interjections.  According to grammar-monster.com, interjections are “words used to express strong feeling or sudden emotion. They are included in a sentence (usually at the start) to express a sentiment such as surprise, disgust, joy, excitement, or enthusiasm.”

Watch the Schoolhouse Rock cartoon about interjections:

Then, practice your new knowledge by going to this link:  http://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/story.php?title=quiz-on-interjections

Below, in the comments section, tell us how you did on the quiz!

Reading Enrichment #26: Virginia Frank Memorial Writing Contest

Taken directly from: http://omaha.bibliocms.com/virginia-frank-memorial-writing-contest/

The Virginia Frank Memorial Writing contest is held each year in the spring to recognize the creative writing talent of our area students. This contest, sponsored by the Friends of Omaha Public Library, recognizes the top three winners from each grade. Each winner receives a cash prize and certificate, is recognized in a ceremony at the library on April 23, and has their story published on the library website. The school libraries of each winning student are also recognized with a matching cash prize.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must be in 5th to 8th Grade, and live in Douglas, Sarpy, Washington, Dodge or Saunders County.
  • Students may be enrolled in public, private, parochial, or home school.
  • Essays must be typed and no longer than 750 words.
  • Include a cover page with the title of the story, writer’s name, address, zip code, phone number, current grade, and name of school.
  • The decision of the judges is final.
  • All entries become the property of Friends of Omaha Public Library (FOPL) and may be featured by Omaha Public Library on its website or social media
  • Entries must be original fiction featuring a character from a book you have enjoyed. Identify the book and author from which your character originated in the title or subtitle of your story.
  • Only one entry per contestant will be accepted.
  • Please contact the EY coordinator in your building with questions or help with submitting your story. Entries are due at the end of Feb 2108.

Prizes

  • First ($100), second ($50) and third place ($25)
  • Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners from each grade.
  • The school library of the winning students will be recognized with matching cash prizes.

Read the winning stories from the 2017 Virginia Frank Memorial Writing Contest. Check out our 2017 grade 7 winner from Westside Middle School! 

About Virginia Frank

The Virginia Frank Memorial Writing Contest began in 2003 and is named in honor of a longtime Friends of Omaha Public Library volunteer. Virginia Frank was a Central High and UNO graduate. She acquired a master’s degree from Brown University and taught English literature and creative writing at UNO for many years. Her passion for students and young people inspired everyone around her, and her enthusiasm encouraged many students to explore their creative writing talents. Frank volunteered thousands of hours with the Friends of OPL to help ensuring a bright future for our public libraries.

#25 Reading Enrichment: Mayflower Myths!

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From ReadWorks.org

First, view this video.  Then, read about the myths of Thanksgiving – find out what is true and what isn’t!!  In the comments section below, tell us what surprised you!

The Mayflower brought the group of English settlers now known as the Pilgrims to North America. Leaving England in the fall of 1620, the Pilgrims were attempting to land near the mouth of the Hudson River, but instead ended up in Cape Cod Harbor. Plymouth, the colony established there by the Pilgrims in 1621, became the first permanent European settlement in New England. The story of the Pilgrims and their harvest feast hassince become one of best-known in American history, but you may not know it as well as you think. Discover the facts behind these well-known Thanksgiving myths!

MYTH: THE FIRST THANKSGIVING WAS IN 1621 AND THE PILGRIMS CELEBRATED IT EVERY YEAR THEREAFTER.

Fact: The first feast wasn’t repeated, so it wasn’t the beginning of a tradition. In fact, the colonists didn’t even call the day Thanksgiving. To them, a thanksgiving was a religious holiday for which they would go to church and thank God for a specific event, such as the winning of a battle. On such a religious day, the types of recreational activities that the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians participated in during the 1621 harvest feast–dancing, singing secular songs, playing games–wouldn’t have been allowed. The feast was a secular celebration, so it never would have been considered a thanksgiving in the pilgrims’ minds.

DID YOU KNOW?

The Mayflower was originally supposed to sail with a sister ship, the Speedwell, but it proved unseaworthy, and the Mayflower made the journey alone.

MYTH: THE ORIGINAL THANKSGIVING FEAST TOOK PLACE ON THE FOURTH THURSDAY OF NOVEMBER.

Fact: The original feast in 1621 occurred sometime between September 21 and November 11. Unlike our modern holiday, it was three days long. The event was based on English harvest festivals, which traditionally occurred around the 29th of September. After that first harvest was completed by the Plymouth colonists, Gov. William Bradford proclaimed a day of thanksgiving and prayer, shared by all the colonists and neighboring Indians. In 1623 a day of fasting and prayer during a period of drought was changed to one of thanksgiving because the rain came during the prayers. Gradually the custom prevailed in New England of annually celebrating thanksgiving after the harvest.  During the American Revolution, a yearly day of national thanksgiving was suggested by the Continental Congress. In 1817 New York State adopted Thanksgiving Day as an annual custom, and by the middle of the 19th century many other states had done the same. In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln appointed a day of thanksgiving as the last Thursday in November, which he may have correlated with the November 21, 1621, anchoring of the Mayflower at Cape Cod. Since then, each president has issued a Thanksgiving Day proclamation. President Franklin D. Roosevelt set the date for Thanksgiving to the fourth Thursday of November in 1939 (approved by Congress in 1941.)

MYTH: THE PILGRIMS WORE ONLY BLACK AND WHITE CLOTHING. THEY HAD BUCKLES ON THEIR HATS, GARMENTS, AND SHOES.

Fact: Buckles did not come into fashion until later in the seventeenth century and black and white were commonly worn only on Sunday and formal occasions. Women typically dressed in red, earthy green, brown, blue, violet, and gray, while men wore clothing in white, beige, black, earthy green, and brown.

MYTH: THE PILGRIMS BROUGHT FURNITURE WITH THEM ON THE MAYFLOWER.

Fact: The only furniture that the Pilgrims brought on the Mayflower was chests and boxes. They constructed wooden furniture once they settled in Plymouth.

MYTH: THE MAYFLOWER WAS HEADED FOR VIRGINIA, BUT DUE TO A NAVIGATIONAL MISTAKE IT ENDED UP IN CAPE COD MASSACHUSETTS.

Fact: The Pilgrims were in fact planning to settle in Virginia, but not the modern-day state of Virginia. They were part of the Virginia Company, which had the rights to most of the eastern seaboard of the U.S. The Pilgrims had intended to go to the Hudson River region in New York State, which would have been considered “Northern Virginia,” but they landed in Cape Cod instead. Treacherous seas prevented them from venturing further south.

#24 Reading Enrichment: History of Halloween!!!

oc29aSource:  http://www.5minuteenglish.com/oct29.htm

Halloween is almost here!  Halloween falls on October 31st each year in North America and other parts of the world. What do you know about Halloween? Here is a little history about it:

Like many other holidays, Halloween has evolved and changed throughout history. Over 2,000 years ago people called the Celts lived in what is now Ireland, the UK, and parts of Northern France. November 1 was their New Year’s Day. They believed that the night before the New Year (October 31) was a time when the living and the dead came together.

More than a thousand years ago the Christian church named November 1 All Saints Day (also called All Hallows.) This was a special holy day to honor the saints and other people who died for their religion. The night before All Hallows was called Hallows Eve. Later the name was changed to Halloween.

Like the Celts, the Europeans of that time also believed that the spirits of the dead would visit the earth on Halloween. They worried that evil spirits would cause problems or hurt them. So on that night people wore costumes that looked like ghosts or other evil creatures. They thought if they dressed like that, the spirits would think they were also dead and not harm them.

The tradition of Halloween was carried to America by the immigrating Europeans. Some of the traditions changed a little, though. For example, on Halloween in Europe some people would carry lanterns made from turnips. In America, pumpkins were more common. So people began putting candles inside them and using them as lanterns. That is why you see Jack ‘o lanterns today.

These days Halloween is not usually considered a religious holiday. It is primarily a fun day for children. Children dress up in costumes like people did a thousand years ago. But instead of worrying about evil spirits, they go from house to house. They knock on doors and say “trick or treat.” The owner of each house gives candy or something special to each trick or treater.

Now that you’ve read about the history of Halloween, go to this website to take a quiz:

http://www.5minuteenglish.com/oct29.htm

Scroll to the bottom for the quiz.  Check your answers and comment below with your score!

#23 Reading Enrichment: Edgar Allan Poe!

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Who was Edgar Allan Poe? Poe was a famous American author – and many of his poems and stories are very appropriate for this time of year.

Find out more about Edgar Allan Poe by checking out this Wonderopolis entry:

http://wonderopolis.org/wonder/who-was-edgar-allan-poe

Take the Wonderopolis quiz and post your score below in the comments section.

Now, go a little bit further:

Check out this website about Poe and his literary works:  http://www.eapoe.org/works/

After exploring that site, choose one of the following activities:

a) Create a drawing to go along with one of Poe’s works.

b) Write your own poem or short story, “Poe style”.

Send your drawing or poem/short story to your EY Coordinator.

#22 Reading Enrichment Roald Dahl

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September 13th is Roald Dahl’s birthday! He would be over 100 yrs old.

Visit the site below to get “Life Advice from Roald Dahl in 10 Scrumdiddlyumptious Quotes!”

http://www.signature-reads.com/2016/09/life-advice-from-roald-dahl-in-10-scrumdiddlyumptious-quotes/

Read the quotes and choose your favorite one!

In the comment section below, tell us what your favorite Roald Dahl quote is and what it means to you!

#19 Reading Enrichment: 7 Fictional Places We Hope NEVER Host the Olympics!

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Have you ever been frightened by places you’ve read about in books or seen in movies or on television?  What if those places were under consideration for hosting the Olympics?  Can you IMAGINE???

Go to the following link:  https://blog.shmoop.com/2016/08/10/7-fictional-places-we-hope-never-host-the-olympics/ and read the blog about the 7 fictional places that the author hopes NEVER hosts the Olympics.

Then, we’d like you to contribute.  Think about the most recent book you’ve read, or movie/tv show you’ve seen.   What fictional place do you hope never hosts the Olympics and why?  Please explain in the comments section below!