Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award
It was different in Alaska in 1948. The children liked school but the teachers didn't. Teachers never stayed long in the little Alaskan village--they didn't like fish, or it was too cold, or it was too lonely. Then, Miss Agnes came and school changed for everyone....even Bokka was able to go to school and learn to read and write and use sign language. Bokka was deaf. Fred, short for Fredericka, tells about all that she and the other children learned when Miss Agnes came --
WORDS FOR THE WISE
Try to organize this list of words from the book into three categories. Some words have more than one meaning. Use the text in the story to help you figure out meanings. Keep a dictionary, thesaurus, or computer nearby.
Know:: I know what it means
Seen: I've seen this word before, but am not sure of its meaning.
New:: I've never seen this word before.
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Books Mentioned in the Story
Robin Hood retold
by Howard Pyle.
The adventures of Ulysses retold by Anna Claybourne. An illustrated retelling of the ancient Greek poem. Ulysses' struggle to return home to Ithaca after the Trojan War is recounted.
Robin Hood and his men.
The Year of Miss Agnes is a first person narrative told as if the author were an older Alaskan woman recounting the story of a year in her childhood . . . short, easy read for most fourth graders. Many allusions to classic stories are in this book, along with a teaching style that only now many teachers are emulating. Imagine! She taught that way in 1948! Art and literature mix here with snow, fish, and an Alaskan winter. Good for a read-aloud, too.
Activity: Make a chart to track of all the ways Miss Agnes helps her students learn.
Koyukuk / 1998
Koyukuk is in the north central region of Alaska.
Map of the State of
Alaska.- (c) Copyright 2002 Lonely Planet Publications. All
rights reserved. Used with permission. www.lonelyplanet.com
Allakaket School Kids in Computer Lab / 1998
Allakaket School / 1998
Other Books About Alaska
Balto and the great race Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody. - Random House, New York : c1999. (636.73) "A Stepping Stone book." Recounts how the sled dog Balto saved Nome, Alaska, in 1925 from a diphtheria epidemic by delivering medicine through a raging snowstorm.
Black Star, Bright Dawn
Denali National Park and Preserve
Hands-on Alaska : art activities for all ages
Julie of the wolves
Potlatch : a Tsimshian celebration
Summer coat, winter coat : the story of a snowshoe hare
OTHER BOOKS BY THE AUTHOR
Toughboy and sister