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[Teacher-talkhswriters] Workshop 7 Sheryl's Famous First Lines

From: Knall, Katherine <kathy.knall_at_sinclair.edu>
Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2011 17:16:08 +0000

Sheryl's Teacher Talk for " Workshop 7: Learning from Professional Writers" described discussing point-of-view (1st, 2nd, 3rd person) with her students, using samples from "Famous First Lines." It will be interesting to see if the students are motivated to read one of the books from the famous first lines!

Thanks for including the link to Project Gutenberg; if folks are not familiar with this website, it is a place where public domain literature and nonfiction can be downloaded for classroom use - it includes hundreds of works! Getting into a discussion of writers' styles may be new territory for ABLE students (and teachers) - it's very cool to be tapping these higher-order thinking skills. And the approach doesn't have to be only for Level 5 & 6 students.

Sheryl ask for some suggestions for nonfiction writers: here are a few from a website I found. To see the whole list, go to www.rhinebeckcsd.org/webpages/library/files/nonfiction.pdf<http://www.rhinebeckcsd.org/webpages/library/files/nonfiction.pdf>

Kathy K.

Recommended Nonfiction Books

for Young Adults

Listed below are nonfiction books recommended for young adults. These books vary in the difficulty of both the text and the content. Not all books are appropriate for all readers. (Annotations from Library of Congress).

Allen, Thoman B. George Washington: Spymaster: How America Outspied the British and Won the Revolutionary War. A biography of Revolutionary War general and first President of the United States, George Washington, focusing on his use of spies to gather intelligence that helped the colonies win the war. 973.385 ALL

Armstrong, Jennifer. Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World : The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance. Describes the events of the 1914 Shackleton Antarctic expedition when, after being trapped in a frozen sea for nine months, their ship, Endurance, was finally crushed, forcing Shackleton and his men to make a very long and perilous journey across ice and stormy seas to reach inhabited land. 919.89 ARM

Armstrong, Lance. It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life. 921 ARMSTRONG.

Bausum, Ann. Dragon Bones and Dinosaur Eggs: A Photobiography of Explorer Roy Chapman Andrews. A biography of the great explorer-adventurer, who discovered huge finds of dinosaur bones in Mongolia, pioneered modern paleontology field research, and became the director of the American Museum of Natural History. 921 ANDREWS
Berger, Melvin, and Gilda Berger. The Real Vikings: Craftsmen, Traders, and Fearsome Raiders. 948.022 BER

Kathy Knall
Researcher/trainer, SW ABLE Resource Center
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