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Treasure State Book: Queen of the Falls Activity Overview Big Understanding: The stories in books can be connected to real people and / or events in life. Essential Question(s): Where does an author get his or her ideas for a story? What Treasure State Award books can I enjoy? What is in this picture? What is a daredevil? Standards (State or A student must pursue personal interests through literature National) and other creative expressions. He /she will explore a variety of genres for pleasure and personal growth. He / she will explore award winning literature, specifically a Treasure State Book. This lesson will take at least two or three 10 to 15 minutes Time Required lesson times during the scheduled Library lesson times for each of the Grade K through 3 classes. Objectives are statements that describe—in precise, Objectives measurable, and obtainable terms—defined and desired learner outcomes. The student will listen to the Treasure State Award Book Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg and state whether he / she liked the story or not. The student can think of a person or event that could have a story or book written about the person or event. The Book Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg Materials/Resources Picture of Niagara. Mrs. [Anna E.] Taylor ready to start above the falls http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2005694902/ Niagara. Assisting [Mrs. Anna E.] Taylor out of the barrel[sic] after her terrible trip over the falls http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2005694903 Niagara: Helping Mrs. [Anna E.] Taylor over the rocks below the falls http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2005694904 Niagrara. The barrel[sic] with its human freight on the way to the dreadful trip http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2005691599/ Activity Name Letter from Mr. Van Allsburg. Amazon Exclusive: A Letter from Chris Van Allsburg, Author and Illustrator
Dear Amazon Readers,
It was close enough to the mist rising from the falling water and drifting across the park that the trees within it had—because of the cold winter air—become encased in ice.I first saw Niagara Falls when I was twelve years old. In the background. I have had opportunities to visit sites renowned for their beauty and awe-inspiring nature and have occasionally been disappointed. My family was making a winter trip from the Midwest to New England. The sun was low in the sky and the light that penetrated the mist glistened off the trees. Why. with plans to spend the night. This mist made a strong impression and left me with the peculiar memory of a place that was both enchanting and frightening. I wondered. I was amazed to learn that this individual was a sixty-two-year-old retired charm school teacher named Annie Edson Taylor. but still. creating an effect that made it seem as if the world was made of glass." I discovered that over the previous century. and yet had . the constant roar of the falls seemed to insist on my attention. I don’t remember if it was my sister’s and my demand that required we see the falls right away. but the falls exceeded my expectations. but that is what happened. Among the most remarkable of these was the first person to go over the falls in a barrel. Just as amazing to me was that I’d gotten to the age of twenty-two and had never heard of this woman and what she had done. and sometime in the early 1970s I happened upon a magazine article called "The Daredevils of Niagara Falls. hadn’t I learned about this in school? I wouldn’t compare it to Lindberg crossing the Atlantic. the Falls had attracted a world-class group of eccentric risk takers. They were far more majestic and awesome than my twelve-year-old mind had been able to imagine. Over the years. it seemed extraordinary in its own way. Many years passed. I viewed the waterfall initially from a park. We arrived in Niagara close to sunset. no matter how magical the surrounding landscape.
and how satisfying it was to learn about American history and culture that way. Yours truly. as well as an example of what a very early and rough draft looks like as I attempt to work out the text placement and picture sequence. in the spirit of finding new challenges. Recalling the pleasure I got as a child from reading biographies of unusual or accomplished Americans. Taylor’s life provided details that made it clear that her story was not one that fit into a conventional narrative of the determined underdog who triumphs over the challenges and obstacles placed before him or her. (I was also persuaded by my colleagues at the publisher that a vertical format was more appropriate for a book about a monumental fall. Chris Van Allsburg . sprang the name Annie Taylor. Researching Mrs. more interesting. to me. Annie’s story was more complicated than that—and. I ultimately changed to a vertical shape when it became clear a forty-page format would allow for a more effective balance of text and pictures. and emerges with admiration and rich rewards. About a year and a half ago. partly to accommodate longer text in a thirty-two-page format. I couldn’t decide who might make a worthy subject and who had not already been the subject of other books. My initial design for the book was horizontal. I hope you enjoy reading about the amazing adventures of Annie Edson Taylor. There. I decided to undertake a project that was a change from the fantasies that make up a large part of my work. I decided to write just such a biography.evidently been left to history. from the recesses of memory.) I have included here two sketches for jacket designs I made when still thinking about a horizontal book.
Taylor or answer the daredevil question. 5) Read the letter from Mr.) . 3) Read the book to the class.com.Preparation Have the book Queen of the Falls (Van Allsburg) Photo of Mrs.. (The next step could be to do research to find out if the person or event really has been the subject of a book. 6) Kids can write yes or no as to whether they liked the story or not and also think of and write of another person or event that could be the subject of a story or a book. read to start her trip over Niagara Falls Printed on a sheet the question “What is a daredevil?” 1)Students in groups analyze the photo of Mrs. Taylor in the barrel. Procedure Assessment/Reflection How will the learner be assessed? The student can state whether he / she liked the story. The student can think of and record the name of a person or event that could be the subject of a story book. 2) Share their ideas and comments. Van Allsburg from Amazon. 4) Share the photos from LOC.