The Trumpet of the Swan

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About the story

What a beautiful story, not only of swans, but of embracing differences, exceeding expectations, and excelling despite (even because of) difficulties. Louis is a trumpeter swan who can’t make any sound. As observed by a thoughtful child, Sam, Louis does everything he can to win the lovely swan Serena, without success. When his father steals a trumpet for him, Louis shares his feelings through the power of music–and finally finds his voice. The Trumpet of the Swan is one of those books that’s just as enthralling for adults, and makes you want to read everything the author ever wrote!

About the LitWits Explorer’s Guide

Experience The Trumpet of the Swan with your students in fun, meaningful ways! Your kids can create and write in their own nature journals like Sam, bear Louis’s many burdens, work out the importance of voice, design a Camp Kookooskoos souvenir, spread swan news without saying a word, dine on Ritz Carlton delicacies, write compose their own songs like Louis, and so much more!

LitWits Explorer’s Guides are private web pages that include creative and academic downloadables. This lesson planning resource is ideal for ages 8-12, but it’s highly adaptable. Scroll down to get more details and a free idea with template.



Product Description

The LitWits Kit for THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN by EB White - LITWITSThe LitWits Explorer’s Guide for The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

Everything in this “experience guide” comes from our unique sensory workshop on The Trumpet of the Swan.  It’s packed with hands-on ways to get into the characters’ shoes. When kids see, feel, hear, taste, smell, and DO what the characters did, they understand more. Better yet, they want to read more.

LitWits Explorer’s Guides are web pages packed with downloadables — templates, activity aids, academic handouts, and more. (Here’s a sample, for a different book.) Because our guides live online, we can link you to useful info and audiovisuals. And you’ll always have the very latest updates!

The LitWits Explorer’s Guide for The Trumpet of the Swan includes:

  • sensory prop suggestions, with photos
  • creative project and activity ideas, with photos
  • printable templates, excerpts, and activity prompts
  • takeaway topics, to fuel meaningful conversations
  • printable handouts for creative writing, the narrative arc, setting, and more
  • research and audiovisual links, for one-stop prep and homework help
  • great quotes from the book, where copyright allows

This guide is adaptable to a wide range of ages. (See the Ways to Use tab for classroom and homeschool uses.) We find 8-12-year-olds consistently “ready to LitWit,” but you know best what your kids are ready for, interested in, and capable of.

Common Core Alignment
The LitWits experience of this book is jam-packed with carefully integrated lessons — but they’re embedded in FUN, so kids don’t feel “taught.”  At a bare minimum, the use of this guide helps meet these Common Core goals:

THIRD GRADE Common Core Alignment
FOURTH GRADE Common Core Alignment
FIFTH GRADE Common Core Alignment
SIXTH GRADE Common Core Alignment

Please note that LitWits® is a registered trademark of LitWits Workshops, LLC.  All LitWits Explorer’s Guides are copyrighted and may be used for non-commercial educational purposes only.

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1 review for The Trumpet of the Swan

  1. Linda (verified owner)

    So many options to explore! This kit has something for every age and interest – nature, music, relationships, geography…

    This witty book by the author of Charlotte’s Web, is chockful of learning, mixed with witty humor, and a wonderful message of love, friendship, and perseverance. This LitWits kit makes it easy to pull out the lessons in a fun and engaging manner – a great way to introduce a classic book with timeless themes to a new audience.

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