Lesson 1 (from Part 1, Young Love: Chapters 1-4)
Part 1, Young Love: Chapters 1-4
The author of "Spinners", Donna Jo Napoli, is the author of numerous children's and young adult novels, such as "Daughter of Venice", "The Great God Pan" and "Stones in Water". This lesson discusses the author of the novel "Spinners", Donna Jo Napoli.
1) Library Research: Have the students research the author, Donna Jo Napoli. Explore the other works she has written, as well as her background. Take a look at interviews and the Napoli's website to gain information on her writing and where "Spinners" fits in with her other novels.
2) Presentation: Have students get into pairs and prepare a presentation, using their research on Napoli and her canon. Have each group read an excerpt from different novels written by Napoli during their presentation. At the end of the presentations, have students compare the tone and style of "Spinners" with Napoli's other...
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