“Dark Water Rising” (a Lone Star recommended book, 2008) is a fictionalized account of the 1900 hurricane that devastated Galveston and is still the deadliest storm to have hit the United States. The story follows Seth and his family, who moved to Galveston a week before the storm. Students read silently, aloud in small groups and as a class. Principals, counselors and the librarian read to classes, too. Contests were held with questions being asked about the book and prizes including snack bar bucks, book fair gift certificates and posters.
A word wall was hung for students to transfer content corresponding to the letters in the word Galveston, and a special web page (which can be found on the school website) was created with links to information and pictures about the hurricane. Questions and student/teacher comments can found there as well.
Two copies of “Isaac’s Storm” were purchased for the library for further non-fiction reading about the storm of 1900.