My Father’s Son is a story about Kevin Windor who is a normal high school boy. He focused all of his time into his academics. One normal Sunday evening, he was putting off completing his homework for class the next day. Instead he was watching the evening news, trying to suck up every last second before the new week began. BREAKING NEWS shoots across the tv screen. “DB25 Monster has been arrested.” What happens next turns Kevin’s “normal teenage world” upside down. Kevin’s fathers mug shot shoots across the tv screen. Nobody wants to interact with Kevin at school anymore, except his best friend, Jason. His everyday routine is full of reporters, questions, and news reports. Find out if DNA proves Kevin’s father to be the DB25 killer.
Activities to use with this book
Write a feature article (with a headline) that tells the story of the book as it might be found on the front page of a newspaper in the town where the story takes place. ReadWriteThink
Design a book jacket for the book.
Write about what you learned from the story. There is a lot going on in this story. Many different perspectives, pick one and tell what you have learned about that person.
Make a flow chart of the events that occurred in the story.
Jeffery Alper was four years old when he was diagnosed with cancer. He is now in eighth grade and is cancer free. Unfortunately, cancer has left him with some small handicaps. His best friend, Thaddeus Ibsen, Tad for short, is a fellow cancer survivor who is also in remission. Tad becomes Jeffery’s mentor, helping him with school and the problems that life throws at you. Jeffery would usually lean on his older brother Steven for advice but her has taken off to Africa to play the drums and “find himself”. Even though cancer has taught Jeffery a lot, has it taught him everything he needs to know to survive his teenaged years?
Have students create a biography for either Jeffery or Tad. Ask them to document their struggles battling cancer and how they have overcome these challenges. Be sure that students include details from the text in their biography.
Research a life changing disease and write a report about the diagnosis and treatments for that disease.
There a so many challenging words that are in this story. Any type of vocabulary lesson would be really beneficial.
Tell the story of someone in your family or someone close to you who has battled cancer. Have them come in to the class and share their story with the class.
Damion Drooth is known for solving crimes and his awesome detective skills. Someone at Damion Drooth’s school is writing graffiti all over the boys bathroom. The principal threatens cleaning duty for the whole school if the vandals at school are not caught. Damion knows that he is the only one that can save them from clean up duty. In this story the police could not solve the crime. The principal could not solve the crime. Damion Drooth did!
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My name is Bernadette Vietto and I am a fourth grade math teacher at Bradford Academy in Southfield Michigan. I am currently attending Saginaw Valley State University to obtain my Master’s Degree as a reading specialist. I have created this blog as one of my assignments for my TE557 Literature for t-Risk Readers K-12 class. My plan is to post information about interesting books that I am reading or have read. I will be posting the summery, my thoughts, and some activities that go along with the book.
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