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Gloria Houston An Author that …. Hits Close to Home Getting Personal Born: March 24 in Marion, NC Ruth (Ruthie) Greene and J. Myron Houston (Littlejim) Childhood: Sunnybrook store Played piano Wrote stories and plays Education: ASU: Bachelor’s Degree In Music Education University of South Florida: Master’s in English Ed. University of South Florida: Ph. D. Career Educator: Writer: Began teaching in 1976-Tried to get My Winston-Salem, NC Brother Joey Relocated to Dallas published Then to New Orleans • Rejected 54 times 1981-Tampa University of 1982-My Brother South Florida Joey was finally Author-in-Residence and published Visiting Assistant Professor Next wrote The Year in College of Education of the Perfect Western Carolina Christmas Tree Published Books Picture Books: My Brother Joey Died (1982)-Written to help adopted daughter to deal with birthmother’s death. The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree (1988) But No Candy (1992) My Great-Aunt Arizona (1992)Dr. Houston’s favorite picturebook Littlejim’s Gift: An Appalachian Christmas Story (1994) Novels: Littlejim (1990) Mountain Valor (1994)- Civil War Dr. Houston’s favorite novel; Worked on this book 10 years, while she was getting her Master’s and Ph.D. Littlejim’s Dreams (1997)- Coming of age Bright Freedom’s Song (1998)- Underground railroad Who’s Who… in Education of American Women in the South/Southwest “Mountains” International …. of Authors Something About the Author of Contemporary… Authors Awards NC Authors Forever-Young Author Award, and NC Reading Association Recognition Junior Authors and Illustrators National Literacy Award from PARTNERSHIPS IN EDUCATION 1990 Distinguished Alumni Award, Appalachian State University Distinguished Educator-Internationa Reading Association The Author’s Guild Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators National Council of Teachers of English Children’s Literature Council International Reading Association Phi Kappa Phi, education honor fraternity Personal Contact Three page letter concerning a field trip to Spruce Pine, NC Follow-up letter concerning field trip Confirmation email about field trip Field Trip details – photos Phone call to confirm date/time of trip Email after trip Responses to 4 students about their field trip experience “We have lost the concept of reading for pleasure, for the experience. Dr. Louise Rosenblatt at NYU says we do not teach students to read aesthetically, for pleasure. The questions at the end of books or chapters, the analyses we subject children to in the classroom is creating a world of little word processors, not readers! This is one of my soapbox issues.” Levi Houston Matilda “Valor”-Mountain John Houston Valor Arizona Houston Hughes Jim Houston My Great-Aunt Arizona “Bigjim”-Littlejim J. Myron Houston “Littlejim” Married Ruth (Ruthie) The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree Gloria Houston “Lee”- ButNo Candy Jerry A Fieldtrip The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree Setting: Mountains of North Carolina Main Character: Ruthie Greene Houston Illustrator: Barbara Cooney 1988 Publisher’s Weekly Best Seller List Published in Japanese Sold over 500,000 copies worldwide The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree My Great-Aunt Arizona Setting: Mountains of North Carolina Main Character: Arizona Houston Hughes Illustrator: Susan Lamb Awards: Named Notable Children’s Book (ALA) Notable Trade Book in the Language Arts My Great-Aunt Arizona Plan of study for the classroom: Gloria Houston’s Family Tree Read The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree -Noting Sunnybrook Store, the Train Depot, Pine Grove Church, Grandfather Mountain Have students write Dr. Houston Plan a field trip to Spruce Pine Visiting the places that the children read about in the book and meeting Ruthie. Plan of study (cont.) Students will take pictures The pictures will be scrap booked-children will write captions or paragraphs relating the picture to the book or connecting it to the fieldtrip. Students will illustrate a cover for the scrapbook. Maps will be added to the scrapbook to encourage students to use map skills. Dr. Houston’s family tree will be included to help children see the connection between the author and the characters.
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