Writers of the American West: Multicultural Learning Encounters

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The diverse peoples, landscapes, and histories of Western North America come alive with these autobiographical excerpts, author profiles, and activities. Focusing on the childhood and young adult experience of 10 of the West's most intriguing writers, each chapter presents engrossing personal narrative, biographical sketches, a resource bibliography, and numerous learning activities. A bonus section features 20 other Western writers for further exploration.

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Overview

The diverse peoples, landscapes, and histories of Western North America come alive with these autobiographical excerpts, author profiles, and activities. Focusing on the childhood and young adult experience of 10 of the West's most intriguing writers, each chapter presents engrossing personal narrative, biographical sketches, a resource bibliography, and numerous learning activities. A bonus section features 20 other Western writers for further exploration.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
Stansfield brings together a unique selection of ten writers who have written about their lives as children and young adults in the Western United States and Canada. They include Hal Borland, Charles Eastman, Julia Archibald Holmes, Ralph Moody, John Muir, Margaret Muirie, Zitkala-Ša (Gertrude Simmons Bonnin), and three authors who write for young people: Beverly Cleary, Gary Soto, and Laurence Yep. Stansfield writes about the author as a writer, provides an excerpt from his or her writing, a biographical segment with a photo and a map of the author's home, teaching advice, various learning experiences arranged by grade level (from fourth to eighth grade) for "Literature Aloud Experiences," language arts and social studies; and a list of resources including print, non-print, and electronic. An appendix provides information about further authors for study, including Gary Paulsen, Ernest Seton Thompson, and Native American authors. The information about the authors and their writings is excellent. Many of the learning experiences, such as "historytelling," storytelling, and working with primary resources, are innovative and would invite students to experience the creative process. A few, unfortunately, follow a workbook approach to using literature to reinforce vocabulary and language skills. Asking students to underline "every adjective" they can find in a fast-paced, descriptive essay by John Muir, for example, would seem designed to detract from students' personal enjoyment of and responses to Muir's writing. Although fourth grade is a suggested level, much of the content is appropriate for older grades. These are mere "quibbles," for this resource is an absolutely fascinating andinformative book for educators, librarians, and teachers. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Biblio. Further Reading. Appendix. 2002, Teachers Ideas Press, 261p,
— Hilary Crew
Booknews
Storyteller and writer John Stansfield offers useful information for teachers of students in grades four to eight about ten significant Western writers including Charles A. Eastman (Ohiyesa), Julia Archibald Holmes, John Muir, and Gary Soto. Each chapter presents autobiographical excerpts, learning experiences, and author biographies and media resources, as well as an abundance of activities for various classroom explorations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563088018
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/21/2002
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN STANSFIELD is a storyteller and writer based in Monument, Colorado

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
A User's Guide to Writers of the American West
Storytellers
Charles A. Eastman (Ohiyesa) 3
Zitkala-Sa (Gertrude Simmons Bonnin) 24
Pioneering Young People
Hal Borland 49
Julia Archibald Holmes 70
Ralph Moody 103
Young Naturalists
John Muir 127
Margaret Murie 151
Writers of the New West
Beverly Cleary 175
Gary Soto 197
Laurence Yep 217
Additional Readings and Learning Experiences in the Autobiographies of Western Writers 233
Appendix 249
Author/Title Index 251
Subject Index 255
About the Author 261
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