Objective: When Zachary Beaver Came to Town was written by Kimberly Willis Holt. As students read the novel, they will benefit from knowing more about the author's own life and what inspires her. Today's objective will be to study the life of the author, Kimberly Willis Holt.
1) Small group activity: Break the class into groups of three or four, creating enough groups to research these topics: the author's family life, the author's educational background, the author's work history, the author's writing successes. Each group prepares its information to present to the class for discussion. Each group should make a handout for their classmates from the information they compile.
2) Class discussion: Introduce the book that the class will study. It is about teens growing up in a dying Texas town. There's nothing to do and most of the teens spend their time dreaming of getting out of it...
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