Everyone loved Mark
Twain! They attended his lectures. They read his books. They laughed at
his funny quotes. But, Mark Twain's 13-year-old-daughter, Susy, was annoyed
that so many people thought they were Mark Twain experts. She knew she
was the one who knew Mark Twain the best, so she undertook to write his
real biography in her secret journal. She watched him as he went through
his days, writing about his appearance, his personality, his good and
bad habits, and the funny things he did.
Susy Clemens became
his biographer. Now, pages of her biography of her papa, Samuel Clemens,
are cleverly embedded within the pages of a picture book about one of
the most famous authors of all times.
The Kids' Wings literature
guide invites group discussion, prediction, drama, problem-solving, and
skill building. Teachers who want students to understand history through
the eyes of one who was there will want make this intermediate-level picture
book part of their classroom libraries.
The Activity Guide Contains:
Pre-Reading Discussion Cards
Getting Ready to Read Embedded Nonfiction
2 -Page Readers’ Theater Introduction
Black Elk: A Character Study
Crossword Puzzle: Mark Twain's Biographer
Where in the World? Map Study
Multiple Choice Comprehension
Writing a Biography
has created outstanding activities for each novel, units which provide
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