The Watsons go to Birmingham, 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
Lesson plans and teaching resources
An Author Study: Christopher Paul Curtis and his novel The Watsons Go to Birmingham — 1963
This five-day lesson will introduce the students to the author of the novel as the beginning of a unit. The students will conduct research to obtain biographical information about the author and read/analyze summaries and critiques of the author's writing. Finally, the students will create brochures or flyers to highlight the author as a guest at a mock author's conference.
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Informational texts related to the events described in the book.
I-Search the Sixties
Students will use the World Wide Web, contact people, and use other sources to create an I-Search paper dealing with an aspect of the decade of the 1960’s. This unit plan includes handouts and web sites (check for currency); it is designed for grades 6-7.
Imaginative Home Movies
Inspired by the long, humorous title of Chapter 5 of the Watsons book, students will think about silly things that children do and create a title that rivals chapter 5's title. Inspired by their titles, students will then plan and create a short story where a child—like Byron in the book—pretends he's creating a movie but ends up in trouble. Student will use details and humor in telling their original stories. This lesson focuses on idea development and voice.
Newspapers in Education Teacher's Guide to The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963
Students compare and contrast Flint and Birmingham, analyze characters and setting, explore homophones, write an advice column, and other activities. Some activities involve newspapers. Adobe Reader required for access; 12 pages.
The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963
This unit is designed for 5th grade and works with these skills: Cause and Effect, Character Development, Compare and Contrast, Drawing Conclusions, Genre, Setting, Theme, and Vocabulary in Context. Handouts available with (free) account.
The Watsons go to Birmingham — 1963
Summary, 9 discussion questions, and suggested activities.
The Watsons go to Birmingham — 1963 Educator's Resource
Designed to support the Hallmark Channel movie, these downloadable resources include historical background, literacy skills, social development, readers movie theater, vocabulary development. Adobe Reader required.
The Watsons go to Birmingham — 1963 vocabulary
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