FORTY-FIVE SECONDS INSIDE A TORNADO

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TRUE ACCOUNT
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A tornado is a funnel cloud that extends
down to earth.
The winds of a tornado are the most violent
wind on earth.
The winds can rotate at more than 200 miles
per hour.
Tornadoes can travel as far as 20 miles.
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What do you know about tornadoes?
How might it feel to be caught in one?
Share your ideas with a partner.
Find Ira Baden & Roy Miller picture
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This is a true account of two men who were
caught in a tornado that hit Waco, Texas.
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Wake n. trail
Rubble n. broken bits of something that is
destroyed
Devastated v. completely destroyed
Pale adj. without much color, as if ill
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Prefix  word parts added to beginning of
base words.
Suffix  word parts added to the end of base
words.
PREFIX
MEANING EXAMPLES
Dis-
Not; the
Dislike,
absence of
disbelief
Not; opposite Inexpensive,
inactive
Above, too
Overhead,
much
overload
InOver-
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Measurements  measure + ment = act of
measuring
Line 16: talked over their plan
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What kind of damage will the tornado cause?
114 deaths, more than 500 injuries, two square
miles of rubble.
REREAD: What signs show that a storm is
coming?
The air is strangely heavy & still; it seems to press
down on them; the sky is black.
Describe the weather on the day the tornado
hits.
What details let you know this is a true account?
The setting is a real time & place. The event can be
proved to have happened.
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Unbearably  un + bear + able + ly = in a way
not able to be borne.
Line 35: don’t like the looks of it
Line 37: put aside their fears
Line 47: skittered
Line 48: did somersaults
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What details helped you imagine the
approaching tornado?
raindrops flying sideways; an odd, loud,
roaring noise; breaking glass; objects flying by;
overwhelming wind; a force that ripped apart
buildings and tore power lines loose.
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Line 60: showering sparks everywhere
Line 66: glued to the railing
Line 67: plastered
LINE 78: demolish = destroyed
Line 80: level a movie theater
Line 108: cross-section drawing
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What are three amazing events that Baden
witnesses?
The men who disappear into the tornado.
The buildings that are destroyed
The cars that leap upward.
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Line 126: downpour
Line 131: in a daze
Line 131: eyes were blank
Line 136: survivors, silently
Line 143: incredibly, untouched
Line 156: face-to-face
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REREAD: Why do you think the writer tells
about Baden’s glasses?
to demonstrate the unpredictable nature of
tornadoes; to create a feeling of awe in reader.
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How did Baden & Miller help others after
tornado moved on?
They helped to search for survivors.
What details did the writer use to help you
understand the power of a tornado?
The writer describes the tornado as on
‘overwhelming’ wind, a “powerful force” moving
up the street, a force so strong that it glued Baden
to then railing.
What one thing do you find most memorable
about Baden and Miller’s account?
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Visualizing  imagining how it looks
Reread lines 56-123
Fill in the missing words
The Dennis building lost its top four floors.
The tornado ripped the walls off one building,
and a man inside was sucked up into the
tornado.
Cars driving down the street swerved to avoid
downed power lines.
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A man who ran out of the Amicable Building
was picked up and carried away by the
tornado.
At the front of the Amicable Building, Roy
Miller was holding on to the wall.
On the far side of the streets, cars were
squashed.
On the near side of the streets, cars were not
touched.
Evaluating  judging it
1. What are the author’s purposes for this
article?
a. To entertain by showing how scary a
tornado is
b. To tell the true story of what happened in
one tornado
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2. Purpose: to entertain  good or poor? Why?
Purpose: to report  good or poor? Why?
3. Do you feel the writer gave an accurate
account of the event?
Yes, the story was told by people who were part
of it.
4. Did you enjoy reading the article?
5. How would you rate, or evaluate the article?
Prefix/Suffix
Meaning
Example
Definition
Re-
again
rework
Work again
Un-
not
uncovered
Not covered
-ful
Full of
careful
Full of care
-less
without
motionless
Without motion
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CREED = belief
Credible  suffix “ible” = c. able to be
believed
Incredibly prefix “in” + suffix “ible” + “ly” =
a. in an unbelievable manner
Incredible  prefix “in” + suffix “ible” = b. not
able to be believed
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Powerful  suffix “ful” = full of power
Remove  prefix “re” = move again
Disappear  prefix “dis” = opposite “appear”
Horrible  suffix “ible” = causing horror
discreet
Indiscreet
Sensitive
insensitive
Convincing
unconvincing
Relevant
irrelevant
Obedient
disobedient
Efficient
Inefficient
Responsible
Irresponsible
Grateful
ungrateful
Loyal
disloyal
tolerant
intolerant
NEGATIVE ADJECTIVES
MEANING
Unmarried
Not having a husband or wife
inedible
Impossible to eat
illiterate
Unable to read or write
unemployed
Not having a job
impartial
Fair in giving judgement
irreplaceable
Unable to be replaced
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4.
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6.
Wrap  unwrapping
Agree  disagree
Prove  disprove
Veil  unveiled
Load  unload
Connect  disconnect
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2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Microwave
Antibiotic
Multinational
Auto-pilot
Post-graduate S2  s1 under-graduate
subway
Meaning
Mispronouncing
Pronouncing incorrectly
Overworked but underpaid
Have to work too hard but are paid too
little
Post-dated cheque
Dated his cheque with a date that was
later than the real date
Ex-husband
The man who used to be her husband
rewrite
Write it again
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