Hello fifth graders – Mr. Chapuis here. I wanted to use the blog to tell you a little bit about your next language arts unit. Each of you will select an autobiography, written by a children’s author. You’ll read the book and do some activities in class around the book and the genre.
Your first job will be to decide which author you’d like to read more about. Here are your choices:
“From first memories through high school, including first kiss, first punch, first trip to the principal’s office, and first humiliating sports experience, this is not merely an account of a highly unusual childhood. Rather, like Spinelli’s fiction, its appeal lies in the accessibility and universality of his life. Entertaining and fast-paced, this is a highly readable memoir– a must-have for Spinelli fans of all ages.”
“Naylor takes readers on an often humorous journey as she describes her pursuit of her life’s work. As she says herself, this book will not teach anyone how to become a writer. Rather, it gives insights into how difficult the process can be, how failures and successes are handled, and why individuals keep trying even when rejection slips keep piling up. Many samples of her writing at different stages in her career are included.”
“Three generations of African-American women remember their “childtimes” in this lyrical memoir spanning a century of American history. This book preserves the lives and communities of times past for future generations. Complete with a family tree, Eloise Greenfield and Lessie Jones Little’s Childtimes beautifully captures the experiences of grandmother, mother, and daughter as they recall moments from their childhood.”
Young Laurence didn’t really where he fit in. He thought of himself as American, especially since he didn’t speak Chinese and couldn’t understand his grandmother, who lived in Chinatown. But others saw him as different in the conformist American of the 1950s. In this engaging memoir, the two-time Newbery Honor author tells how writing helped him start to solve the puzzle.
“I would like to introduce you to this book. It has no plot. It is about moments, memories, fragments, falsehoods, and fantasies. It is about things that happened, which caused other things to happen, so that eventually stories emerged.” Children as well as adults often ask Lois Lowry where the ideas for her stories came from. In this fascinating, moving autobiography, the Newbery Medalist answers this and many other questions. Her writing often transports readers into her own world. She explores her rich history through family pictures, memories, and recollections of childhood friends. She details pivotal moments that affected her life, inspired her writing, and that magically evolved into rich and wonderful stories that one is reluctant to put down. Lowry fans, and anyone interested in the writing process, will tremendously enjoy this poignant trip through a remarkable writer’s past.”