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June 06

Celebrate Cynthia Rylant's birthday!

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Celebrate Cynthia Rylant's birthday!

Grades K – 8
Calendar Activity Type Author & Text

 

EVENT DESCRIPTION

 

 

Cynthia Rylant has authored dozens of books for children of all ages. Writing in multiple genres, she has earned the Newbery Medal for her book Missing May, the Newbery Honor award for A Fine White Dust, and Caldecott Honors for The Relatives Came and When I Was Young in the Mountains.

 

CLASSROOM ACTIVITY

 

 

Explore the element of plot using the work of Cynthia Rylant. First, select a title appropriate to the grade level of your class. Ask your school librarian for a list of Rylant's titles from which you or your students may choose.

Have students work as a class on one book, or in small groups or individually on selected titles. Students can then use the ReadWriteThink Plot Diagram to map the plot of the selected story. Finally, invite students to create original literary works using the plot diagrams.

  • Younger students can adapt the story into a picture book by creating illustrations depicting the elements of plot.

  • Older students can rewrite the story by changing a plot element, such as the climax or resolution.

 

WEBSITES

 

 
  • Ohio Reading Road Trip: Cynthia Rylant

    This biography of Cynthia Rylant includes quotes from her about her writing and her childhood.

     

  • Literature Guide: Missing May by Cynthia Rylant

    This page offers a summary and classroom activities for teaching Missing May, Rylant's 1993 Newbery Medal winner.

     

  • Meet the Author: Cynthia Rylant

    This article, found on Houghton-Mifflin's Education Place website, introduces author Rylant and lists selected books she has written.

     

  • Cynthia Rylant

    West Virginia Wesleyan College offers this page on Rylant, which includes brief biographical information, critical responses to Rylant's literature, a works published list, and a selected bibliography of articles about Rylant.

     

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