Christopher Paul Curtis. By Mary Smith and Debra Atkins. Biography. Born in Flint, Michigan Spent 13 years working at an assembly plant Married with two children His family inspired his writing especially his wife
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By Mary Smith and Debra Atkins
Debra, 17 Student at Eastern Hills High School
I read The Watsons go to Birmingham and I thought it was very good. It book was very humorous in parts the Watson family was very funny. The book takes on a very serious tone after the bombing at the church. I learned more about the bombing after reading the book because I went and read a history book.
The Watsons go to Birmingham 1963:
I was very impressed with Christopher’s style of writing. Anyone that has a sibling can indentify with this book. Christopher brings an humorous side to sibling rivalry however they do come together when the need arises. Then out of no where Christopher Paul hits you with a historical event that changes the lives of everyone.
Writing Prompts, English
This is also a very good book that a variety of writing prompts can be designed from. One possible prompt would relate to Chapter 11 when the Watsons get ready to meet Grandma Sands. Kenny had certain expectations about what Grandma Sands would be like. He imagined a huge, mean looking woman. When he finally meets her, she turns out to be a small woman who welcomes the family with open arms. Ask students if they have ever met someone who was nothing like what they expected. Have them describe the situation telling what they expected and what they found.
Map Skills , Social Studies Talk about the Watsons traveling from Flint to Birmingham. See if students can remember where each place was located. Use a U.S. map that shows interstate highways. Go over possible routes that the Watsons could have taken. With the class, calculate the distance in miles of one of the routes. Make sure students understand how to use the map key to calculate the distance. Have students have a place on the map that they would like to travel to in the U.S. They are to write out a specific route that can be taken from their city to the location chosen. Students will then calculate the distance between the two locations using the map key.
Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money
I didn’t find this book to be as good as The Watson’s go to Birmingham, Steven always helps Mr. Chickee on Saturdays morning go to the store. Mr. Chickee would always buy him a ginger ale and bag of chips, but not this Saturday he gave him a piece of funny money and the mystery begun from that point. Steven imagined he was a private investiagtor.
What is a Mystery?
Student will understand what mysteries are by discussing mysteries they have read or seen on TV.
Social : Sharing Ideas
Instructions: Discussion Etiquette
Students will bring a suitcase with five items that represent who you are or a special memory .Students must write a paragraph for each item.
Student will work in group to research the Depression Era using sources from the library , and the internet. Each group will present to the class their findings.
Students will complete a timeline of the events surrounding this era.
The author allows eleven year old Elijah be the narrator of this story . He was The first child born into freedom in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves. Elijah takes his audience on a journey to American that is full of excitement, danger, and hope. Elijah draws his readers into this book with humor, suspense, and sadness with the thing he must witness, and the decision he has to make.
Students will complete a graph that depict the distance slaves travel to reach Canada.