Thursday, February 2, 2012

Black History Month Extra Credit

Students may create an author study over one of the writers below.  The assignment should be on poster board and include the following: a brief biography of the writer which highlights major events in the author’s life.  Students will also need to create a timeline of the author’s life as well as the country and the world around them.  For example, if your author lived during the civil war, women’s suffrage, or the civil rights movement this should be included in the timeline, as major historical events frequently impact a writer’s work.  Students should also have at least three pictures of the author and events in their life.  This can be photos printed from online or copied from books, or student illustrations.  At least two sources should be used for the biography (Wikipedia is not a valid source).  All sources should be cited (this includes sources for photos).

Approved Authors (if you are interested in selecting an author not on this list you should get teacher approval):
Lucille Clifton
Maya Angelou
Octavia Butler
Langston Hughes
Lorraine Hansberry
Alice Walker
Sharon G. Flake
Christopher Paul Curtis
Jacqueline Woodson
Angela Johnson
Berry James
Alice Childress
Ruby Dee
Eloise Greenfield
Nikki Grimes
Rosa Guy
Virginia Hamilton
Joyce Hansen
Kristin Hunter
Belinda Hurmence
Lynn Joseph
Julius Lester
Sharon Bell Mathis
Patricia McKissac
Fedrick McKissac
Walter Dean Myers
Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Anne Lane Petry
Ethel Footman Smothers
Eleanora E. Tate
Mildred D. Taylor
Joyce Carol Thomas
Mildred Pitts Walter
Brenda Wilkinson
Camille Yarbrough

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