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Author Study: Cynthia Rylant

Learn about author Cynthia Rylant and the books she has written. Biographies, interviews, lesson plans, and classroom activities for creating an author study are included.


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Read the interview with Cynthia Rylant and learn about her writing career.
Students explore the element of plot using the works of Cynthia Rylant. An interactive "Plot Diagram" is offered to map the plot of a selected story. Additional links to Cynthia Rylant are included.
Using "Long Night Moon" by Cynthia Rylant, students are taught to write original stories while incorporating the circular plot structure. Additional titles using circular plots are given. An interactive "circle plot diagram" is available.
In this activity, students are taught about "thoughtshots", a method of learning how to bring flashbacks, flash-aheads, and internal dialogue to their writing. Several of Cynthia Rylant's books are used in this activity.
Use these illustrated book reviews by students to excite your students in reading books by Cynthia Rylant.
This activity guide from the publisher provides discussion and extension lessons.
Use "The Shy Scarecrow" by Cynthia Rylant to engage students in a lesson to extend vocabulary and rhyming skills. Additional titles about scarecrows are given.
Use Cynthia Rylant's books, Appalachia and When I Was Young in the Mountains to learn about mountains and coal mines of West Virginia.
Read a brief story written by Cynthia Rylant, where inspirations of her stories come from, and why she loves writing books. NOTE: This site includes ads.
This site provides lesson plans and classroom activities for Rylant's books. NOTE: This site has a link leads to discussion board. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Click `Study Guide (PDF)' to help students when reading 'Missing May'.
Use this lesson plan to to supplement the book "The Relatives Came." NOTE: This site includes ads.
Use this information and the educational links to learn more about the book "Henry and Mudge and the Starry Night." Two Quia activities are listed as well.

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