I wrote “Jerboa” while collaborating with John Miller on a teaching unit for his 7th graders. It reminded editor Beryl Belsky of a Kipling tale and she now has it up on her Writer’s Drawer site. I’ve included links to both the story and the lesson plans. I do hope students will have fun with it!
Jeboa’s Beautiful Tail: http://www.thewritersdrawer.net/jerboa-beautiful-tail.html
Lesson Plans: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Jerboas-Beautiful-Tail-a-Minecraft-project-1559678
I first wrote Joaquin’s Gold more than thirty years ago. I used it in my classes and revised it many times. I later wrote half a dozen other stories featuring Joaquin Murrieta as my protagonist. Five of these stories have been published in print and on line. Now, Joaquin’s Gold has found a home in According to Adam, the Writers’ Drawer website’s just published anthology. I’m most appreciative that editor Beryl Belsky included it in this fine collection. For you teacher types, I’ll mention that my complete Common Core lesson plans for teaching this story are available on TPT. Pertinent links are below:
Here’s the Amazon link:
Here’s the TPT link:
Mansa Musa is still considered to be one of the wealthiest men in history. He was a great King, but his accomplishments and times are far from current popular awareness. I wrote “Jerboa’s Beautiful Tail” to introduce Mansa Musa and Western African History to young people. Because folk tales are so central to African cultures, I’ve used one for the structure of my story. Every good folk tale has a lesson and so does mine.
Master teacher John Miller and I have worked together creating teaching units for twenty-five years. He liked “Jerboa’s Beautiful Tail” and had his students at Chalone Peaks Middle School create a Minecraft movie of the story. I think they did a great job! Here’s the movie link:
All teachers who are interested in Minecraft will want to see how Mr. Miller created his lesson! Here’s a link to his plan: http://minecraft.edtecworks.com/2014/11/16/lesson-plan-making-a-movie-in-minecraft/
I posted the actual story and some reading comprehension activities for it on TPT. Both story and activities are free. The link is below.
I often work for years on a poem before I think it’s ready for sharing with the wide world. One such is “A Conversation with Louis”. I think it’s ready now and you can find it on Verse-Virtual along with several other poems. Please let me know what you think!