Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek

Not sure how I ran into this feature article, Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek, a detailed and amazing account of an avalanche–but glad I did. Maybe thinking about and wishing for snow since I do live in north country and I can see my grass in mid-January!

Anyway, the article is captivating, and the graphics, exceptional. I’m imagining possibilities for this feature article. Seventh graders (maybe even fifth, sixth?) and upward through high school (not to mention you teachers out there) would like it, I think. It’s long, but what if you did some kind of shared reading over several days? Or, if all students have internet access, why not assign portions as homework? I can’t think of a comprehension strategy that could not be addressed. And, with nonfiction a strong focus of Common Core, this is a good example of a feature article.

And, the bonus? It’s a wonderful example of what digital text can look like–the combination of text, image, video clips, interviews…just awesome! I hope you enjoy!