In February of 2016, Fearless Flyer earned a starred review from School Library Journal. Fearless Flyer and Heather's other biographies of women who changed the world should be in all classroom libraries. If you don't have one of her biographies yet, pick one up in time for Women's History Month in March.
Activity Name: Fearless Flyer Found Poem
Activity Description: Using FEARLESS FLYER: Ruth Law and Her Flying Machine, create a found poem and be inspired by positive word choice.
1. As you read FEARLESS FLYER, look at the art and jot down any slogans or hash tags that come to mind. (This can be a class brainstorming activity.)
2. Choose one as a title for your poem.
3. Now go back through the text and collect a list of words or phrases that are meaningful to you or relate to the title/theme of your poem (at least 20 or 30).
4. Create your own inspiring poem by rearranging your chosen words. For example it could be a first person poem, a poem about another person, or a poem about a feeling or a hope. You can repeat words as often as you like. You may add two of your own words to personalize your poem.
5. Be creative! Play around with things like font type and size. Think about the shape of your poem or how you could place it on the page. And make sure you illustrate your poem!
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Whether it be for one specific student, a small group of kids, or a whole class, finding a "just right" book makes the teacher's and the students' day.