|Activities: (Starred examples are a
|*1. Choose a book from the choices
and read it.
|*2. Read Jerry Spinelli's
biography at this site.
List 3 careers Spinelli wanted to have. Write down 3 ways
Spinelli gets ideas for his stories, and give examples of each.
Share these with your teacher.
|3. Visit this link, and
read the review. After finishing one of Spinelli's books, write
your own review of it in the same style as the example at this
site. Upon approval from your teacher, post your review at
Amazon.com. Go to the Amazon web site, type in the title of the book
you reviewed, and click on the Write
a Review link on the left side of the page. Click on Use our Kid's Review Form link, and
follow the steps.
|4. Visit Jerry Spinelli's
official web site. This is an awesome site; take some time and
explore it. Make either the Stargirl Gift, or Mr. Hatch's
Brownies, and share them with your class.
|5. Read Spinelli's novel Stargirl. Find someone else
in your class who has read the book and together visit this link.
Discuss 5 of the questions listed at this site with each other.
If no one else in the class has read the novel, write your answer to 5
of the questions, and turn it in to your teacher. Make a poster
advertising this book and encouraging others to read it.
|6. In Maniac Magee,
Amanda and Maniac were friends,
and by the end of the book Maniac and Mars were becoming friends.
What do you to consider to be important qualities in a friendship? Use
the Inspiration software to
create a Friendship web. Put the word Friendship in the center of
the page, and branch off from the word with the qualities that you came
up with. Note: If you do not have access to Inspiration write a 2-3 paragraph
essay explaining what you believe are the qualities of
friendship. Give the finished product to your teacher.
|7. After reading Stargirl,
visit this site.
Choose and complete 2 of the activities listed on the page, and 2 of
the puzzle links on the page.
The story Wringer centers around pigeons.
After reading the book visit this site to learn more about
pigeons. Click here
to get directions on how to make a bird feeder.
finishing Crash, visit this link and
complete the activities.
Read Spinelli's novel Milkweed.
With the help of others who have read the novel, design a
classroom museum about the time period depicted in the story.
- Your first task is to make
a list of items, scenery, maps, and related books that you would
include in this museum. Then draw a rough draft of how you might
arrange these items in the classroom
- Your second task is to
come up with some activities that you can tie into the museum--letters,
diaries of characters from the novel, a newspaper from the time period,
an audio guide (on tape) of the items in the museum with period music
in the background.
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