Walter Dean Myers Teaching Resources
||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.
- Monster Reading Guide
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.
- Dope Sick Reading Guide
Use the questions in this printable to guide classroom discussion about Walter Dean Myers's novel Dope Sick, a story about drug use, violence, and second chances.
- War Is... Author Notes
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.
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