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June 15

Brian Jacques, author of the Redwall series, was born in 1939.

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Brian Jacques, author of the Redwall series, was born in 1939.

Grades 5 – 10
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Brian Jacques was born in Liverpool, England, on June 15, 1939 and died on February 5, 2011. Since the age of 15, Jacques has held a variety of jobs including merchant sailor, firefighter, dock worker, truck driver, boxer, and even stand-up comedian! The first in his Redwall series was published in 1986, after a childhood teacher showed the story to a publisher without telling Jacques. Today, the series boasts 22 books and a number of related titles including two Tribes of Redwall books.

 

CLASSROOM ACTIVITY

 

 

After your students have read one of Brian Jacques' Redwall stories, or another fantasy novel, create a class newspaper based on the story.

  • First, have students complete a story map using this Story Map Handout or the interactive Story Mapping tool.

  • As a whole class, brainstorm a list of the most interesting or significant story events and characters from the novel.

  • Have students work in small groups to write a newspaper story based on a specific character or event from the story. They should describe the scene or character in the style of a news article and write a descriptive headline, such as "Redwall Inhabitants in Struggle of Good vs. Evil!" (You can review the elements of a newspaper article with your students using the Creating a Classroom Newspaper lesson.)

  • After all the groups have finished writing their articles, have students use the ReadWriteThink Printing Press to create their newspaper.

WEBSITES

 

 
  • Brian Jacques: The Official Website

    This is the official website of children's author Brian Jacques. Included is information about the Redwall series, Jacques' biography, puzzles, and more.

     

  • Brian Jacques Biography

    Penguin Books offers this biography of Jacques. The page also features links to an author interview and a booklist.

     

  • Brian Jacques

    This Kidsreads.com page includes a biography of and interview with Jacques, along with reviews of books in the series.

     

  • Brian Jacques

    This site, from Random House, U.K., offers a biography of Jacques, as well as a list of his books with links to each title.

     

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Printing Press

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Printing Press

The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.