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Beloved children's author Walter Dean Myers died on July 1, 2014, at the age of 76. Many of his books touch on the gritty truths he wanted to read about as a teen. These teaching resources will help you share his stunning works of fiction, covering topics ranging from the youth drug culture and school shootings to first loves and sports. Middle and high school students will appreciate Myers' handling of tough themes that affect them as they come of age.
Autobiography of My Dead Brother is about two friends and the tragic ramifications of one's decision to join the drug culture. Use this printable to guide classroom discussion about the themes and characters in the novel by Walter Dean Myers.
Spark a spirited debate about the moral and social dilemmas that arise in Walter Dean Myers's Monster with the group discussion questions in this reading guide. Discussion of racism, social injustice, and criminality are covered in this gripping story.
Learn about the inspiration behind War Is... and compare how four leading young-adult authors tell the truth about war. This article is based on speeches given by Paul Fleischman, Harry Mazer, Walter Dean Myers, and Jim Murphy; it includes a short scene from a book by each author so you and your students can compare their writing styles.
In this teacher's guide you'll find reading skills and strategies, discussion questions, and activities for Walter Dean Myers' The Dream Bearer, Handbook for Boys & It Ain't All for Nothin'. These three novels address themes of personal responsibility, father-son relationships, and the importance of mentors.
Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com, will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.
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