Objective: "Missing May" is written by Cynthia Rylant. The objective of this lesson is to discuss the author and her writing.
1) Research: Read biographical information about Cynthia Rylant. Where did Rylant grow up? Did she grow up in an area similar to the one in the novel? What types of things did she like to do when she was growing up? Where was she educated? When did she begin writing? What are some jobs that Rylant has held?
2) Class Discussion: What inspired Rylant to begin writing? How long did it take her to write her first novel? How do her experiences as a child influence her writing? What does Rylant like to do that helps her with her writing? Why does Rylant enjoy writing? What type of legacy does she wish to leave behind with her writing?
3) Partner Discussion: What genres does Rylant write? How many books...
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