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Sharon Creech

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Transcript of Sharon Creech

Unique Contribution to Literature
connection to the reader
humor
evolution of characters
enjoyment of language
Sharon Creech
Writer's Talk
Biography

Born July 29, 1945 in South Euclid, Ohio
Large family (1 sister, 3 brothers)
Absolutely Normal Chaos – based on her childhood experiences
Bybanks, Kentucky, a fictional town used in several of Creech's books, is based on Quincy, Kentucky where she spent many summers as a child.


Awards
5 ALA Notable Children’s Book
4 Children’s Choice
4 Weekly Best Book
4 School Library Journal Best Book
3 Parents’ Choice Gold Award
3 ALA Best Book for Young Adults
Approach to Writing
The Boy on the Porch
Novel in Verse
Novels
Most recent novel
Published 2013

Ages 8+
160 pages
The Boy on the Porch
Picture Books & Young Readers
Themes that find themselves in multiple Creech books include:
journey
independence
trust
childhood
death
nature
Notable Craft Aspects
Soften serious topics with humor
Stretch Character Development
Explores point of view with multiple characters

Storyteller, sharing interesting unique adventures with well developed characters
uses experiences from her own life
Literature & Writing Courses
Teacher of English & Writing in England and Switzerland for 18 years

Through teaching literature, she learned:
- what makes a story interesting
- techniques of plot, characterization,
and point of view
Her first book published in America,
Walk Two Moons
, won the Newbery Medal in 1995

The Great Unexpected
Walk Two Moons
Page 112
NOTABLE CRAFT is...Imagery

How to use the craft in student writing:
- Visualize through a read aloud of the passage
- Anchor Chart of sensory words
- Writing prompt: Think about a place that has a special meaning and describe it using 5 senses

Newbery Medal
for
Walk Two Moons
First American Author to win British Carnegie Medal for
Ruby Holler
click to hear Sharon read
Click to hear Sharon read
Author study by:
Kristen Holmes
Erin Mackey
Sara McConnell
Sarah Tope
Leigh Van Swall
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