Recommended Grades: 3-5
A picture book about the life of Mark Twain, written in the voice of his well known character, Huckleberry Finn.
I have come across several wonderful picture book biographies lately. See last week’s post for one on Jane Goodall. Next week, I will share another.
Organization: Read aloud The Adventures of Mark Twain by Huckleberry Finn and discuss how the author organized this picture book. The book is written from the view point of the subject’s character. The author paid particular attention to the use of language and kept true to the character and provided an editor’s note explaining why the particular dialect was used. Use The Adventures of Mark Twain by Huckleberry Finn, as well as other picture book biographies, as a model. Then, ask students to use a character from a favorite book and write a picture book about the author from the character’s point of view.
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