Disasters are inherently frightening, riveting, and involving. Grabbed straight from the headlines, these disasters leave tragedy, destruction, and years of anguish: Cyclones, Hurricanes, Tornadoes, The Perfect Storm, Hurricane Katrina, and more.
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Chapter 1: Introduction
A meteorologist reports, predicts, and studies the weather. (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the the following is a type of bad weather?
Similes compare two things using "like" or "as." Here, the author uses a simile to compare a tornado to a vacuum cleaner. We know that vacuum cleaners suck up objects, therefore we understand that tornadoes also suck up objects in their path.
What effect do blizzards have on humans?
Chapter 2: Cyclones
A cyclone shelter (This annotation contains an image)
Why do you think some areas of the world have more deadly storms than other areas?
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Chapter 3: Hurricanes
Look at the dates on the timeline. How many years lie between these two events?
Hurricane Mitch: This ariel photograph of Hurricane Mitch shows the storm in the ocean three days before it hit land. What looks like a circle or dot in the middle of the cloud is called the "eye" of the hurricane. The area around the "eye" of the hurricane is where the storm is the strongest. (This annotation contains an image)
Why do you think the center of the hurricane is called the "eye"?
Why do people like to visit Galveston, Texas?
How would better communication help people in poor countries stay safe from a storm?
Why are mudslides dangerous?
Chapter 4: Tornadoes
How do you think the Tri-State Tornado got its name?
Tornado Alley (This annotation contains an image)
Watch the video to see what it is like to go inside the eye of the storm. Did you see any "swarms" of tornadoes in the video? (This annotation contains a link)
Why is underground the safest to place to be during a tornado?
Watch the video. Why do you think this day was named "Terrible Tuesday"? (This annotation contains a video)
What do all of these events have in common?
Chapter 5: The Perfect Storm
Why do you think this storm is named the "Halloween Storm"?
What do you think when you hear "Storm of the Century"?
The Perfect Storm: Watch the video clip from the movie. This movie is considered a biographical drama of the Halloween Storm. (This annotation contains a video)
What is one of the reasons some people lose their life during a storm?
Chapter 6: Hurricane Katrina
What do these two events have in common?
Which detail from the text classifies Hurricane Betsy as a hurricane and not a tropical cyclone?
The Superdome in Louisiana (This annotation contains an image)
The comparison of Katrina to a "ton of bricks" is made using a ____________.
Watch the video footage from Hurricane Katrina. How does what you see in the video compare to what you read in the text? (This annotation contains a video)
What effect does Hurricane Katrina have on the oil industry?
Chapter 7: Joplin’s EF-5 Tornado
Where is Joplin, Missouri? (This annotation contains an image)
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of severe. Which of the following is a synonym (word with similar meaning) for severe?
How does the image confirm what is stated in the text? (This annotation contains an image)
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of morgues. Which definition correctly fits the context of the sentence?