Book activities for "My Name is Blessing"

Book activities for "My Name is Blessing"
Book activities for "My Name is Blessing"
Book activities for "My Name is Blessing"
Book activities for "My Name is Blessing"
Book activities for "My Name is Blessing"
Book activities for "My Name is Blessing"
Book activities for "My Name is Blessing"
Book activities for "My Name is Blessing"
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4 MB|65 pages
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These activities can be used for individual, small group, for whole class. They could also be used as homework, with guided groups, or with book groups. Small groups could be working on different activities at the same time. The book can be read aloud and selected activities done in class. They could be useful laminated and in a literacy center. It is always a better learning experience if books are discussed in pairs or in groups, in my opinion. Pairs or groups of students can also complete more complex activities.

This product contains the following activities:
Computer vocabulary practice with Quizlet
Vocabulary and definition cards
Word sorts by number of syllables, parts of speech, and alphabetical order-all with answer keys
Word shapes with answer key
Scrambled words with answer key
Spelling test-choose the correct word from four choices—with answer key
Word search with answer key
Words with missing vowels with answer key
Missing letters with answer key—different letters missing
Sequencing seven events with sequencing page and answer key
Author and Illustrator questions with answer key
Scrambled sentences with answer key and a worksheet to write completed sentences
Title page activity with answer key
Summary plan with answer key
Cloze activity with answer key
What does sacrifice mean? With answer key
Missing words in a sentence with answer key
Story questions with answer key
Marking text with answer key (3 separate activity pages with the same text passage)
Questions on last pages from the book 9about Baraka today) with answer key
Character traits about Baraka
Character traits about Grandmother
Draw a picture of the sentences in the information section
Creating a conversation with illustrations
Draw the theme of the book
Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?

Family life—Fiction, Handicapped—Fiction, Kenya—Fiction, People with disabilities—Fiction, Africa--Fiction, Literacy Centers, Book Unit, Picture Book Unit, Novel Study, Picture Book Studies, Guided Reading Books, Literature Circles

About the Author

A former social worker and elementary school teacher, Eric Walters wrote his first novel, Stand Your Ground, in 1993, as a way to get his grade five class of reluctant readers more interested in literature and writing. He did that by creating a novel about them - and it worked! Since then he has written more than 70 books for young adults that together have won more than 100 awards. In conjunction with his writing, Eric talks to hundreds of young people in schools and libraries across the country each year. Eric Walters also founded and runs The Creation of Hope, an organization dedicated to providing care for orphans in the rural Mbooni district in Kenya.

Award-winning illustrator Eugenie Fernandes has written and illustrated more than 20 of her own books, and has created the art for more 60 other picture books. Her father was a well-known comic-book illustrator, and as a child, Eugenie spent many hours drawing at a desk right next to his. The whole Fernandes family has a flair for the creative: Eugenie's husband and their two children are also artists.

Reviews and Recommendations:

Kirkus Reviews starred 09/01/13
School Library Journal 11/01/13
Africa Access 06/15/14
Manitoba Library Association 09/13/13
2015 Silver Birch Nominee
2014 Children’s Book Centre Awards Finalist
Notable Books for a Global Society 2014 List

About This Book

My Name Is Blessing
Written by Eric Walters
Illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes

Age Range: 6 - 9 years
Grade Level: 1 – 4
Publisher: Tundra Books (September 10, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1770493018
ISBN-13: 978-1770493018

Information on the next two pages is from

Based on the life of a real boy, this warm-hearted, beautifully illustrated book tells the story of Baraka, a young Kenyan boy with a physical disability. Baraka and eight cousins live with their grandmother. She gives them boundless love, but there is never enough money or food, and life is hard --love doesn't feed hungry stomachs or clothe growing bodies, or school keen minds. Baraka is too young, and, with his disability, needs too much, and she is too old. A difficult choice must be made, and grandmother and grandchild set off on a journey to see if there is a place at the orphanage for Baraka. The story begins by looking at Baraka's physical disability as a misfortune, but ends by looking beyond the disability, to his great heart and spirit, and the blessings he brings.

“This expressive picture book, based on a real family, lovingly tells a hard story with a twist. It’s difficult to broach poverty, disability and custody issues in so few pages without sounding maudlin, but Walters manages by speaking simply. . . . With dignity and quiet acceptance, this story illustrates that blessings, like family, can take unexpected forms.”
—Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews

Total Pages
65 pages
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