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1. Trace the changing role of biographies from the 1700s to today. How have attitudes toward children impacted biographical literature? How have biographies changed throughout different time periods? (10 points) 2. After reading a biography by Russell Freedman (but notLincoln: A Photobiography), evaluate the book using the evaluation criteria for literary criticism of biographies on pages 452-459. (15 points) a. Provide full bibliographic information and a 2-3 sentence summary of the book.
b. Discuss in what manner each of the evaluation criteria has or has not been met. Be specific and provide thorough explanations. 3. After reading a biography by Jean Fritz, evaluate the book using the evaluation criteria for literary criticism of biographies on pages 452-459. (15 points)
a. Provide full bibliographic information and a 2-3 sentence summary of the book.
b. Discuss n what manner each of the evaluation criteria has or has not been met. Be specific and provide thorough explanations. 4. Compare and contrast Freedman’s work with Fritz’s. In what ways are they similar? How are they different? Do you prefer one over the other? Why? (5 points) 5. Read the text box “Introducing a Book by Its Cover” on page 481. (Additional examples can be found in previous chapters as well.) Using one of the three titles suggested of page 481 (Barbara Dana’s A Voice of Her Own: Becoming Emily Dickinson, Claire A. Nivola’s Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai, or Jonah Winter and Andre Carrilho’s You Never Heard of Sandy Kofax?!), describe how you would lead children through a discussion of the cover before reading the book. Insert a picture of the cover into your document along with your answer. (5 points) 6. Discuss the ways that biographies for younger children differ from those written for older children. Give examples of specific tiles and features in your discussion. (5 points) 7. Identify and read one biography each of individuals from three different cultural backgrounds that you would use in a multicultural study (Three books in total). Identify the grade level with which you would carry out this unit, then complete the following. (27 points)
a. For each book, provide full bibliographic information, a 2-3 sentence summary, and a justification of why you would include it in a multicultural study.
b. Identify at least six activities (at least two per book) you would use to incorporate a study of these biographies into your teaching for the specified grade level, and provide a rationale for including each activity—what is the outcome or connection that you hope to accomplish with each activity? 8. According to Barbara Auaerbach, “More books have been written about our 16th president than almost any other.” (p. 464) Locate and examine two biographies of Abraham Lincoln that are mentioned in the text on pages 464-466 or pages 485-486. Describe the format and style of each, and note any similarities and/or differences between them. (10 points)
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