This week in NELP students read stories and articles to prepare for Halloween.
The First Grade NELP students read an article about the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California. Sarah Winchester was the wife of William Wirt Winchester, heir to the Winchester Repeating Arms Company that made the famous Winchester Rifle. After the tragic deaths of her husband and infant daughter, Sarah consulted a spiritualist who advised her to buy a house, and told Sarah that Sarah would live as long as work on the house continued. As a result, work continued on this very unusual and unique house for the next 38 years.
The Second Grade NELP students read an article about the Dyatlof Pass Incident in Russia in 1959, in which 9 hikers mysteriously and tragically died during a ski-hiking tour at a pass in the Ural Mountains.
The Third Grade NELP students read a short story by H.P. Lovecraft called "In the Vault" in which an unlucky undertaker is inadvertently trapped in a vault with the dead.
The First Graders will read "The Gift of the Magi" by O Henry. I often worry that this story is too difficult. The vocabulary is really daunting for first graders. However my first graders have often told me that this is one of their favorite stories.
The Second Graders will read "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" by Rudyard Kipling. It's one of the longest stories in the NELP curriculum, but has been very popular with NELP students each time I teach it.
The Third Graders will read an article about The Christmas Truce of 1914. This was an amazing incident in which British and German soldiers voluntarily declared peace on Christmas morning, 1914. Unfortunately, they were later forced to continue fighting. Still, it's a good incident to read about.