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Shel Silverstein Presentation

All About Brooke Ahrens- I used this presentation as an icebreaker to introduce myself to my classes this year.

Kim Dix

on 1 March 2011

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Transcript of Shel Silverstein Presentation

Books Awards Discussion Questions Activities References Born in Chicago on Sept. 25, 1930 “When I was a kid…I would much rather have been a good baseball player or a hit with the girls. But I couldn’t play ball, I couldn’t dance. Luckily, the girls didn’t want me….So I started to draw and to write. I was lucky that I didn’t have anyone to copy, be impressed by. I had developed my own style.” Silverstein drew his first cartoons for the adult readers when he was a G.I. in Japan and Korea in the 1950s. He also learned to play the guitar while in the service. "Uncle Shelby" published his first book for children in 1963.

His first collection of poetry was published in 1975. He passed away on May 10, 1999 of a heart attack. I I love to read... vampires now Studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and Roosevelt University. His books were translated into 20 languages and have sold over 20 million copies. Biography He was an author, a poet, a songwriter, a cartoonist, and a playwright. ALA Notable Children’s Book
New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year
Grammy for Best Recording for Children ALA Notable Children’s Book
School Library Journal Best Book
Library of Congress Children’s Books ALA Booklist Editor’s Choice
Parents’ Choice Gold Award
Booklist Editor’s Award
Grammy for "A Boy Named Sue"
Nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for "I'm Checkin' Out"
Posthumously inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002. What kinds of poems does Shel Silverstein write?
Which poems did you like or dislike? Why?
Which stories did you like or dislike? Why?
What makes a poem different from a story?
How are Shel’s poems similar to other poems you’ve read? How are they different?

What are some ways that Shel plays with words? Why do you think he plays with them?
What effect does rhythm have when you’re reading?
What poems or stories of Shel’s might make good songs? Why? Why do you think he illustrates all of his books himself? Did you read any poems or stories of Shel’s that relate to your life? Have students go on a scavenger hunt for different types of poems in his books. Take the Missing Piece or The Giving Tree and have students illustrate the stories. Take poems from Don't Bump the Glump and have student draw the creature based on the poem. Compare their drawings with Shel's. Have students write their own shape poems. Have students in groups act out one of the poems or set one of his poems to music.
Ask students to take one of the poems in Runny Babbit and change the word back to normal. Ask them to describe how it affects the poem.
Pull out some illustrations and have students match them with the poems they belong to.
Make a mad lib out of one of the poems and have students work together to fill in the missing words.
Have students explore the games and puzzles on ShelSilverstein.com.
Have students write and illustrate their own poem and put it together in a class anthology. Academy of American Poets, Initials. (2011). Shel silverstein. Retrieved from http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/104

Honan, W.H. (1999, May 11). Shel silverstein, zany writer and cartoonist, dies at 67. The New York Times, Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/1999/05/11/books/shel-silverstein-zany-writer-and-cartoonist-dies-at-67.html

Kaufman, J. (2005). Shelsilverstein.com. Retrieved fromhttp://www.shelsilverstein.com/html/home.html

Mercier, Jean F. "Shel Silverstein", Publishers Weekly, February 24, 1975.

The Book Report, Inc. (2011). Shel silverstein. Retrieved from http://www.kidsreads.com/features/0204-silverstein-author.asp
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