Eye of the
By Stephen Kramer
Illustrated by Warren Faidley
In the United States, spring, summer, and
fall weather patterns produce thunderstorms,
tornadoes, and hurricanes. Most people take
cover from these storms, but photographer
Warren Faidley, a storm chaser, makes his
living from the photographs he takes of the
storms and/or the damage they cause.
August 1992, Faidley traveled to Miami,
Florida to photograph the power and fury of
Hurricane Andrew--$26.5 million in
damages (which was the costliest hurricane
in US history…until Katrina--$96 million in
Genre: Expository Nonfiction
Expository nonfiction gives
information about real people
Be prepared for a few surprises as you
read about Warren Faidley, who does
not evacuate and survives Hurricane
• What is it? A graphic source shows or
explains information from the text.
• What does it look like? Pictures,
maps, charts, time lines, and diagrams
are all examples of graphic sources.
• Why use it? Graphic sources can help
you draw conclusions about what you are
Comprehension Skill Review
Cause and Effect
• The cause is the reason or what
makes something happen.
• The effect is the result of what
happens—it’s the part you can see.
(A cause could have more than one effect.)
Words because, so, and since are
clues to signal cause and effect.
• Good readers predict what
will happen next based on
the facts they read, and what
they know in their own lives.
• Patterns in a graph or chart
can also help you predict.
•Adding –s to a noun makes it
plural (tells how many).
• Adding –ed to a verb makes it
past tense (when it took place?).
Look at word endings to help
you learn more about a word.
Fun Stuff and Practice
Questions to Think
• How do weather
why storms are so
fascinating to people?
(Like Ms. Whitfield hurricanes!!)
Why should people
respect the power
What storm safety
information can be
found on the Internet?
1. What conclusion did Warren make when he
found an open photo album on the ground?
2. What is the main idea of this story?
3. Why do you think the author wrote this
story? (Exactly what did he want to
4. Why was Warren so tired when he returned
to his hotel?
5. What is the first thing Warren does to
photograph a hurricane?
6. Why does Warren have so many rolls of
exposed film when he gets home?
7. How are these photos different from other
hurricane photos he had taken?
8. What made the storm chasers predict
Hurricane Andrew had changed its course?
9. What are some examples to prove this
hurricane was extremely destructive?
10. What causes the most damage during a
Vocabulary - Say It
Other Story Words
• great damage; ruin
• thought something
would probably come
• statements of what is
• in or toward the
interior of the land
(Away from the coastline)
• to break into pieces
• a swelling or rising
motion; sweep or rush,
especially of waves
• something possible
• the ability to happen
• to stand against;
hold out against; to
resist or endure
• the damage left behind
after a storm
• a long narrow hole dug
into the earth; usually
carries water across land
• something that covers
or protects from
weather, danger, or