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A Lesson on The Cloud Grade: Grade 5
Subject: English Language Arts
Created by: Erin Taylor
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Lesson Content: Reading
Instructions: Please read the following reading passage as many times as needed (aloud and silent) before starting to go through other lesson pages. Understanding the content of this passage is very important since the lesson activities will be all about this content. Feel free to print the passage if needed.

The Cloud

One hot summer morning a little Cloud rose out of the sea and floated lightly and  happily across the blue sky. Far below lay the earth: brown, dry, and desolate, from drought. The little Cloud could see the poor people of the earth working and suffering in the hot fields, while she herself floated on the morning breeze, hither and thither, without a care. 

"Oh, if I could only help the poor people down there!" she thought. "If I could but make their work easier, or give the hungry ones food or the thirsty a drink!" And, as the day passed, and the Cloud became larger, this wish to do something for the people of earth was ever greater in her heart. 

On earth it grew hotter and hotter; the sun burned down so fiercely that the people were fainting in its rays. It seemed as if they must die of heat, and yet they were obliged to go on with their work, for they were very poor. Sometimes they stood and looked up at the Cloud, as if they were praying, and saying, "Ah, if you could help us!" 

"I will help you; I will!" said the Cloud. And she began to sink softly down toward the earth. 

But suddenly, as she floated down, she remembered something that had been told to her when she was a tiny Cloud-child, in the lap of Mother Ocean: it had been whispered that if the Clouds go too near the earth, they die. When she remembered this, she held herself from sinking, and swayed here and there on the breeze, thinking,—thinking. At last, she stood quite still, and spoke boldly and proudly. She said, "Men of earth, I will help you, come what may!" 

The thought made her suddenly marvelously big, strong, and powerful. Never had she dreamed that she could be so big. Like a mighty angel of blessing, she stood above the earth, and lifted her head and spread her wings far over the fields and woods. She was so great, so majestic, that men and animals were awe-struck at the sight; the trees and the grasses bowed 
before her; yet all the earth-creatures felt that she meant them well. 

"Yes, I will help you," cried the Cloud once more. "I will give my life for you!" 

As she said the words a wonderful light glowed from her heart, the sound of thunder rolled through the sky, and a love greater than words can tell filled the Cloud; down, down, 
close to the earth she swept, and gave up her life in a blessed, healing shower of rain. 

That rain was the Cloud's great deed. People cheered. Over the whole countryside, as far as the rain fell, a lovely rainbow crossed the sky. 

Soon that, too, was gone. But long, long afterward the men and animals the Cloud saved kept her blessing in their hearts. They remembered it every time they saw a rainbow.

Task 1: Vocabulary Activity (10 points)
Instructions: Please complete the following vocabulary activity by choosing the correct meaning of each word selected from the passage and use of each word correctly in a sentence.

Vocabulary Questions

Word/Phrase: Desolate | Tier: 2 | Points: 10
Q1 The author in the story says "Far below lay the earth: brown, dry, and desolate, from drought." What does the word "desolate" mean in the sentence?
A. Green
B. Fruitful
C. Barren *
D. Rich

Which one of the sentences below uses the word "desolate" correctly?
A. The Sahara Desert has an extremely desolate environment. *
B. Sarah's room was desolate because there was toys and stuffed animals scattered on the floor.
C. Farmer brown's strawberry bushes are desolate during strawberry season.
D. The water park was desolate during spring break.

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Task 2: Discussion Activity (30 points)
Instructions: This discussion forum will have questions for students to respond. Read the posted questions, and respond to each. Students are responsible for posting one initial and and two peer responses for each topic.
Task 3: Writing Activity (30 points)
Instructions: You are to write and post here 500 words essay on .... Make sure to provide specific examples.
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