This is an inspiring picture book biography. Chris Barton tells us how John Roy Lynch went from teenage slave to state representative in just 10 years during Reconstruction. I was so excited to see this book about someone new that I did not know. I enjoy reading about people with stories that aren’t just unknown to kids but to large groups of adults as well.
Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch
Written by Chris Barton
illustrated by Don Tate
Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Date of Publication: April 1, 2015)
Summary: A picture book biography of John Roy Lynch, one of the first African-Americans elected into the United States Congress.
From School Library Journal (on Amazon.com)
Gr 2–5—In this inspiring picture book biography, Barton recounts how John Roy Lynch went from teenage slave to state representative in just 10 years during Reconstruction. The author describes how Lynch was born to an Irish father and an enslaved mother, making him "half Irish and all slave." Lynch learned to read and write and developed into an eloquent speaker, eventually becoming a justice of the peace and being elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives. The vocabulary-rich text may be difficult for younger students, but Tate's illustrations, rendered in mixed media, ink, and gouache on watercolor paper, are extraordinary and carry the lengthy story well. The excellent cartoon-style paintings soften potentially disturbing details, such as the Ku Klux Klan burning a church. The book concludes with a thorough historical note. VERDICT Teachers will find this remarkable story of hope and perseverance a valuable supplement to social studies lessons on the Civil War and Black History Month.—Jennifer Simmons, Anderson County Library, SC
Booklist (STARRED review)
Publishers Weekly (STARRED review)
Kirkus Reviews (02/15/15)
School Library Journal
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (06/15)
Jen Robinson's Book Page
Nonfiction Detectives (blog)
Librarian's Quest (blog)
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Background information for teachers:
About This Product
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.
Students can travel around the classroom to 3 or 4 stations answering questions about the book. The questions can be glued to butcher paper. Each station should have enough squares for all of the class to record their answer. The questions or activities can be posted on the paper or on the wall. Students must support their answers with proof from the book.
In my opinion, the most important thing to remember when doing these book activities is for students to know the teacher loves and appreciates it.
Another way of grouping students for activities:
Students number off from 1 to 4 within their teams.
Call out a question or put it on the board or use the worksheet and duplicate or cut up the cards so each group has a card.
Students in teams discuss the answer together. They need to make sure everyone on the team knows the answer.
Teacher randomly calls a number from 1 to 4. On each team, the student whose number was called writes the answer on the team answer board. The selected person may not receive any help from their team. It must be done alone. This student places the answer board face down when answer is complete. Teacher may also write it on a post it note and put on chart paper or board.
Have the designated student stand and hold up their response board to show their answer when all teams are ready. Each team's answer is checked for accuracy.
Repeat with additional questions or other activities as time permits.
Common Core Standards addressed:
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6. 2.7, 2.10
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.7, 3.10
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.5, 4.7, 4.10
5.1, 5.2, 5.4, 5.10
This product contains the following activities:
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Computer vocabulary practice with Spelling City
Vocabulary and definition cards – there are four words on each page. There is the word and the definition next to it. These could be laminated and cut apart to study or play a matching game. Or you could cut through half of the page horizontally under either the word or the definition and fold down the center on the line. This would make a foldable pamphlet and you could have kids draw a picture, write a sentence, synonym, antonym, or other vocabulary activity.
Linking Vocabulary Words
Word sorts by number of syllables, parts of speech, alphabetical order, and number of letters-all with answer keys
Word shapes with answer key
Choose correct spelling of a word from four choices with correct spelling with answer key
Scrambled words with answer key
Wordsearch with answer key
7 Vocabulary Words with answer key
Cloze Exercise with answer key
Draw a Picture of the Book
Proofreading for Capital Letters
Marking the text with answer key
Author and Illustrator with answer key
Cause and Effect with answer key
Sequencing seven events with sequencing page and answer key
Title page activity with answer key
Write the questions to these answers
Scrambled sentences with answer key worksheet for rewriting
Vocabulary in action with answer key
Twelve steps from slave to congressman
Draw a comic strip to summarize the book
Choosing character traits
Bookmark Scavenger Hunt
About John Roy Lynch
Making good choices
Book talk questions to do with a friend
Finding evidence from the text
Book interview with a friend
A-B-C Book Order
Three most important events
Draw the most interesting event
Back matter in a book--two pages with answer key
Face Foldable for John Roy Lynch
John Roy Lynch Acrostic