Gary Paulsen Biography Powerpoint Assignment

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1 Author Study Gary Paulsen
By Janet Frazier

2 IntroductionGary Paulsen was born in 1939 in Minnesota. He was raised by a grandmother and his aunts. After running away at 14 to join a carnival, he became a proofreader and taught himself how to be a writer. His first book was published in 1966 and to date has written over 200 books.

3 Paulsen’s love of the outdoors has influenced his writings
Paulsen’s love of the outdoors has influenced his writings. Many of his books deal with the wilderness, wildlife, and nature.His books are generally focused on young adults and include many coming of age themes.Aside from writing, Paulsen has spent many hours running the Iditarod and sailing.He now lives with his wife in New Mexico.

4 Paulsen’s Book Series The Tucket Adventures Brian’s Saga Murphy Series
Alida’s SeriesNightjohn SeriesCulpepper AdventuresTales to Tickle the FunnyboneWorld of Adventure

5 HatchetThis book tells the very unique story of Brian, a teenager who is stranded in the mountainous woods when the small plane he is riding crashes and the pilot dies. The story delves into the challenges and small joys that he encounters until he is finally rescued. It is easy to find one cheering for Brian as he comes upon each small triumph.

6 The Tent This book was one of the more
intriguing books to me. The main character , Steven, has a father who is a scoundrel. He buys a tent and decides to go about “preaching” revivals in order to get money. From his beginnings as a conniver and womanizer to his humility after he “gets saved”, the reader find himself looking into what could easily be a very real situation. I couldn’t put this book down.

7 WoodsongThis book is an account of Paulsen’s love for the outdoors, and, more specifically, the Iditarod Sled Dog Race in Alaska. Paulsen gives a day-to-day look at the happenings as a racer travels across the icy terrain—the harm, joy, and satisfaction of the treacherous race. This gives a frank look from a first-hand perspective of the race.

8 CanyonsThis book deals with Brennan and his discovery of an ancient skull found on a walk in a canyon near his home. While he deals with the death of a teenage Native American, he deals with his own struggles at home. While the story line of the Native Americans brings out much of their belief and history, what Brennan deals with is very up-to-date. Students would be able to relate to Brennan and the struggles he faces. I kept hoping for the best for him as I read!

9 Other Paulsen Books:These are books I have reviewed, read part of, or researched:Brian’s HuntThe CarGuts: The True Stories Behind Hatchet and the Brian BooksMr. Tucket

10 Some of Paulsen’s Awards:
Dancing Carl. ALA Best BookTracker. Society of Midland Authors Book Award – 1985; ALA Best BookDogsong. Parents' Choice Award, Parents' Choice Foundation ; Newbery Honor Book – 1986; Children's Book of the Year Award, Child Study Association of America – 1986; Volunteer State Book Award – 1989; ALA Notable and Best BookThe Crossing. ALA Notable Best BookHatchet. Newbery Honor Book – 1988; ALA Notable Book – 1987; Booklist Editor's Choice citation – 1988; Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award – 1989; Georgia Children's Book Awards ; Young Hoosier Book Awards – 1991; Iowa Childrens Choice Award and Iowa Teen Award – 1990; William Allen White Childrens Book Award – 1990; Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award – 1991; Flicker Tale Childrens Book Award – 1990; Ohio Buckeye Childrens Book Awards – 1991; Sequoyah Children and YA Book Awards – 1990; Virginia Young Readers Program – 1990; Golden Archer Little Archer AwardsThe Island. ALA Best BookThe Voyage of the Frog. Parenting Magazine Reading-Magic Award – 1990; Teachers' Choice Award from International Reading Association – 1990; Best Books of the Year citation from Learning Magazine – 1990; ALA Best Book – 1989; School Library Journal Best Book of the YearThe Winter Room. Newbery Honor Book – 1990; Judy Lopez Memorial Award – 1990; Parenting Magazine Best Book of the Year – 1990; ALA Notable and Best BookThe Boy Who Owned the School. Parents' Choice AwardThe Cookcamp. ALA Best Book – 1991; School Library Journal Best Book of the YearThe Monument. ALA Best Book – 1991; An American Bookseller Pick of the ListsThe River. IRA/Children's Book Council – 1991; Parents Magazine Best Book of the YearWoodsong. Booklist Editor's Choice citation – 1991; Society of Midland Authors Book Award – 1991; Spur Award, Western Writers of America – 1991; Minnesota Book Awards

11 Gary Paulsen Websites
ndex.asp?article=gary_paulsendevelopment/childlit/paulsen.htmlAll of these sites give additional information about Paulsen, his life, and his interests.

12 Activity #1 (Introduction):
Introduce Paulsen by taking a walk in the woods. Have students gather as much information as they can and write a poem or short story using what they observe.After discussing what they observe, talk about Paulsen’s love of the outdoors and how he pulls that into the pieces he writes.

13 Activity #2:Have students read Woodsong in conjunction with the annual Iditarod Sled Dog Race.Points can be plotted on a map as the race is being held.tells all about the race and has video/audio clips and articles.This is also a great time to draw in information about Alaska, Eskimos, and even government if you discussed Sarah Palin.Students can write a fictitious journal of their own using information that they glean from their readings and research.

14 Resources
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Product Description

NO PREP! Thorough author study on Gary Paulsen! Great for encouraging young writers. A complete biography, follow-up reading response and vocabulary questions and essays, a book report, enrichment projects and an "Author of the Month" ready to go bulletin board. Excellent thought provoking follow-up reading activities about this amazing author, plus a no-prep Gary Paulsen project menu full of creative enrichment projects to extend what the students have learned about the author's biography and novels.

Please note this author study is one of the eleven author studies included in my
"Author of the Month" All Year Program, that can be purchased here:
Author of the Month Year-Long Program

This author study would work well with these Gary Paulsen novel studies:
Brian's Winter
The River
Or purchase all three novel studies and the author study here:
Gary Paulsen Bundle

This author study includes:
Complete Biography with Photos
Follow-up Biography Reading Response Comprehension Activities
Gary Paulsen Character Trait Activity
Context Clues Vocabulary Activity
Gary Paulsen Persuasive Essay Project
Gary Paulsen Book Report Form to use with any Gary Paulsen novel.
Gary Paulsen No-prep enrichment project menu with nine fun, creative projects.
Project Templates
Gary Paulsen Bulletin Board Set, Author of the Month

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