Ezra Jack Keats Author Study : Book List & Lesson Plans

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Ezra Jack Keats, the son of Jewish Polish immigrants, was born in 1916 and brought up in Brooklyn, New York. He was originally named Jacob Ezra Jack Katz, but legally changed his name after WWII. It is speculated that it was a result of anti-semitism at that time. Keats did not have much, if any, formal art training. He painted murals for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects in the 1930s and went on to become a comic book illustrator. During World War II, Keats designed camouflage patterns in the US Air Corps. After the war, Keats became a successful artist and illustrator. In 1954, Keats illustrated his first children's book, Jubilant for Sure, by Elisabeth Hubbard Lansing. Keats was innovative in his use of minority…show more content…
Students will make their own hat shaped collage using different materials. They will make their own hat, like Jennie’s in the book, using the technique Ezra Jack Keats used in his illustrations in his books. Give each student a pre-cut hat shaped paper. Be sure to have a variety of materials to use such as paper, fabric, wrapping paper, pompoms, and tissue paper that they can glue onto their hat. This is a great way to work on fine motor skills and using scissors, have students work with paper materials first before giving them materials that they will not be able to cut with their scissors. Variations: Make the hat in the shape of a winter hat. Have students look through pages of newspapers or magazines and have them cut out something that you wear during the winter. A Letter to Amy - Lesson Plan Grade Level: 3 Our class is having a party and we need to invite our classmates! Each student will write an invitation to our class party. After reading A Letter to Amy to the class, ask students what information should be included on the invitation. What did Peter write to Amy? As a class, use chart paper to model how to write an invitation. Once the students have the information needed and the format provided, each student will write an invitation to our class party. After they have written and decorated their invitation, use the chart paper to model how to write an envelope. As an extension students can write a thank you note. This is a good way to

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