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E.Q . What inspires an author to write? Agenda: Intro to The Watsons go to Birmingham-1963 Vocabulary chp 1-3 How to set up your Interactive Student Notebook Chapter One Homework: Vocabulary flashcards due Friday!. Christopher Paul Curtis.

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E q what inspires an author to write agenda intro to the watsons go to birmingham 1963

  • E.Q. What inspires an author to write?

  • Agenda: Intro to The Watsons go to Birmingham-1963

    Vocabulary chp 1-3

    How to set up your Interactive Student Notebook

    Chapter One

  • Homework: Vocabulary flashcards due Friday!


Christopher paul curtis

Christopher Paul Curtis

The Watsons go to Birmingham-1963


Christopher paul curtis1

Christopher Paul Curtis

  • Born in Flint Michigan in 1953

  • Loved to read but lamented as a child that there weren’t enough books with African American characters like him

  • Began working at the General Motors factory while he attended Michigan State University. He continued working there for many years

  • Working at the factory gave him free time to begin writing

  • Eventually took a year off to write The Watsons go to Birmingham

  • The inspiration for the characters in his book developed from people he has know


The watsons go to birmingham 1963

The Watsons go to Birmingham-1963

  • About a family called the weird Watsons who take a trip from Flint, Michigan to Birmingham, Alabama

  • Debut novel published in 1995

  • Newberry Honor Book

  • Coretta Scott King Honor Book

  • American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults

  • Also wrote:

    • Bud Not Buddy

    • Bucking the Sarge (2004)

    • Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money (2005)

    • Mr. Chickee’s Messy Mission(2007)

    • Elijah of Buxton (2007)

    • The Mighty Miss Malone (2012).


Where did christopher paul curtis get the idea for this novel

Where did Christopher Paul Curtis get the idea for this novel?

  • His inspiration for The Watsons go to Birmingham-1963 came from a trip from Michigan to Florida that he made with his own children. He was determined to make the trip in 24 hours!

  • What problems could you see with this plan?

  • How could you make a trip like this successful?


What does christopher paul curtis say about this book

What does Christopher Paul Curtis say about this book?

  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 is the story of an ordinary family, but a family caught in an important moment in American history. By telling the story through the eyes of ten-year-old Kenny, I hope the book can be a tool for teachers to help students understand that history does not happen to strangers but to people just like them.

  • What do you think he means when he says, “history does not happen to strangers but to people just like them”?


E q what inspires an author to write agenda intro to the watsons go to birmingham 1963

Work Session

  • Read chapter one of The Watsons go to Birmingham-1963.

  • Answer your chapter one guided reading questions in COMPLETE sentences as you read. Make sure you number your answers!

    • Contrast the Watson parents’ backgrounds.

    • Show how Mr. Watson points out some issues in Alabama.

    • Analyze how Mrs. Watson tries to put a positive spin on life in the South.

    • Generalize why Kenny thinks that Byron is playing a trick on him when he calls for help.

    • Assess why Kenny does not fight back when Byron plays How to Survive a Blizzard.

    • Infer how Byron would have probably reacted if Kenny had been stuck to the mirror.

    • Examine why Kenny had to pour the water on Byron’s lips.

  • Begin your chapter 1-3 vocab. Flash Cards will be due Friday!


Chapter 1 3 vocabulary

Chapter 1-3 Vocabulary

  • Thermostat: a device for controlling temperature

  •  Juvenile delinquent: a person under 18 who gets in a lot of trouble.

  •  Blizzard: a severe snowstorm

  • Passionate: feeling great emotion about someone or something

  • Hostile: unfriendly, threatening

  • Vital: absolutely necessary or important; essential

  • Miraculous: occurring through divine or supernatural intervention

  • Incapable: no able to do something

  • Intimidate: to bully or threaten

  • Emulate: to imitate or copy

  • Punctual: on time

  • Version: a form of something that is different than an earlier form of that thing

  •  Reinforcements: additional or supporting forces

  •  Radioactive: giving off dangerous levels of radiation


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