Author Feature-Tom Rogers

 


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Tom Rogers

Eleven

 

Tom Rogers is a novelist and the screenwriter of numerous animated films, including The Lion King 1½Kronk’s New GrooveLEGO: The Adventures of Clutch Powers, and Disney’s Secret of the Wings and the upcoming Legend of the NeverBeast. Originally from Texas, he now lives in Los Angeles with his wife and tango partner, Jennifer. Eleven is his first novel for young adults.


 

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Eleven Book Quiz

 

1.         What did Alex want as a present for his birthday?

      1. Doll
      2. Dog
      3. Cat
      4. Car

 

2.         What was Alex’s favorite kind of sandwich?

      1.  Turkey and cheese
      2. Peanut butter and jelly
      3. Ham and cheese
      4. Peanut butter and baloney

 

 

3.         What was Alex’s screen name for the computer sim game?

                        A.         A-Man
                        B.         Flying Ace
                        C.        A-Dawg
                        D.        Big Al

 

4.         What was the restriction Alex’s mom gave him after the crashes?

            A.         no phone
            B.         no t.v.
            C.        no computer game
            D.        no internet

 

 

 

5.         Why was Jordan the scariest kind of bully?

            A.         He was really strong
            B.         He was rich.
            C.        He was sneaky.
            D.        He was a great writer.

 

 

 

 6.        What was the date of Alex’s 11th birthday?

            A.         8/11/2011
            B.         7/11/2001
            C.        1/11/2001
            D.        9/11/2001

 

7.         What did Alex name his dog?

            A.         Roy
            B.         Max
            C.        PeePee
            D.        Radar
 

 

8.         How did the dog get hurt?

            A.         He fell in a well.
            B.         Jordan threw a bottle on him.
            C.        He got in a fight with another dog.
            D.        He was caught in one of the towers.

 

 

 

9.         What job did Alex’s dad have?

            A.         He drove a train to the World Trade Center.
            B.         He drove a taxi in New York City.
            C.        He drove a bus in Brooklyn.
            D.        He was an airplane pilot.

 

 

 
10.       What did Mac and Alex have in common?
 
            A.         They both had a loved one who worked around the World Trade Center.
           B.         They both loved broccoli.
            C.        They both turned 11 years old in the book.
            D.        They both had a grown son.
 

 

 

 

 

Answers:  1. B  2. D 3. C 4. B 5. C 6. D 7. D 8. B 9. A 10. A


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Eleven Academic Program

 

 

 

Activity 1

 

Title

 

Point of View Poetry Slam

 

Introduction

In the book, Eleven, Rogers tells the story through multiple points of view.  The purpose of this lesson is to allow the students to write poetry from different perspectives expressing the feelings of that perspective through poetic techniques and figurative language..

 

 

TEKS

Language Arts 6, 7, 8

Writing/Literary Texts. Students write literary texts to express their ideas and feelings about real or imagined people, events, and ideas. Students are expected to:

(15) (B)  write poems using:

(i)  poetic techniques (e.g., alliteration, onomatopoeia);

(ii)  figurative language (e.g., similes, metaphors); and

(iii)  graphic elements (e.g., capital letters, line length).

(8) Reading/Comprehension of Literary Text/Sensory Language. Students understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about how an author's sensory language creates imagery in literary text and provide evidence from text to support their understanding. Students are expected to determine the figurative meaning of phrases and analyze how an author's use of language creates imagery, appeals to the senses, and suggests mood.

 

 

 

Detailed Description

Step 1 

Students will be given a perspective with which to write a poem. 

            Perspective 1  child waiting to hear from parent who works in Twin Towers

            Perspective 2  parent waiting to hear from child who works in Twin Towers

            Perspective 3  person who works in Twin Towers but does not go into work on 9/11

            Perspective 4  person who works in Twin Towers and does go into work on 9/11

            Perspective 5  pet of person who works in Twin Towers

            Perspective 6  rescue worker who is called in to help on 9/11

            Perspective 7  news reporter sent to cover the story of 9/11            

 

Step 2

 

Students will write a poem from that perspective based on the job/role during the 9/11 Attack. 


Step 3

After the poems are written, the students will read their poems aloud at the Poetry Slam for either a small group or the whole class to ensure that each student has considered more than one perspective on this historical event.

 

Step 4

Additionally, students can record the poem so that it can be shared with students in different classes in the school or outside the school.

 

Books to Display

Fletcher, Ralph J. Poetry Matters: Writing a Poem from the inside out. New York: HarperTrophy, 2002. Print.

Koyczan, Shane L. To This Day: For the Bullied and Beautiful. Toronto: Annick, 2014. Print.

Madden, Kerry, and Tracy McGuinness. Writing Smarts: A Girl's Guide to Writing Great Poetry, Stories, School Reports, and More! Middleton, WI: Pleasant, 2002. Print.

Singer, Marilyn, and Josée Massee. Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems. New York: Scholastic, 2014. Print.

WEATHERFORD, CAROLE BOSTON. YOU CAN FLY: The Tuskegee Airmen. Place of Publication Not Identified: ATHENEUM CHILDREN'S, 2017. Print.

 

 

Supply List

Examples of different types of poems that the teacher and librarian would like to cover with this assignment.
Paper
Pens
List of different perspectives on cards for students to choose from either randomly or other method chosen by the teacher and librarian.
(Optional) computer or other device to record the reading of the poems.

 

 

Possible Incentives (optional)

1 Provide drinks such as hot chocolate to students to drink while they listen to the other students.

2 Ask experts to join the class and choose a winner amongst the poems for who did the best job of telling the perspective through the use of figurative language.

3 Have the students vote on the best poems to share on the school website.

 

 

Activity Resources

Baldwin, Jim, Joseph Coulson, and Peter S. Temes. Modern American Poetry. Chicago, IL: Great Foundation, 2002. Print.

Paschen, Elise, and Dominique Raccah. Poetry Speaks Who I Am. Naperville, IL: Jabberwocky, 2010. Print.

Perf. Amino Iro and Hannah Halpern. A Muslim and Jewish Girl's Bold Poetry Slam. Search for Common Ground, 2 Jan. 2015. Web. 1 Feb. 2017.

 

Other Resources

Harrison, Michael, and Christopher Stuart-Clark. One Hundred Years of Poetry for Children. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2007. Print.

Holbrook, Sara. Wham! It's a Poetry Jam: Discovering Performance Poetry. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong/Boyds Mill, 2002. Print.

Livingston, Myra Cohn. Poem-making: Ways to Begin, Writing Poetry. New York: HarperCollins, 1991. Print.

Rosen, Michael, and Paul Howard. Classic Poetry: An Illustrated Collection. London: Walker, 2009. Print. 

Rosen, Michael J. Running with Trains: A Novel in Poetry and Two Voices. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong, 2012. Print.

Vardell, Sylvia M., and Janet S. Wong. The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School: Poems for the School Year with Connections to the TEKS, Middle School Edition, Grades 6-8. Princeton, NJ: Pomelo, 2013. Print.

Wood, Jaime R. Living Voices: Multicultural Poetry in the Middle School Classroom. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English, 2006. Print.

 

 

 

 

 

Activity 2

 

Title

 

Your Historic Birthday

 

Introduction

To relate more fully with the main character, Tom, students will explore their birthday to see who was born on their birthday and to understand what historical events occurred on their birthdays.

 

 

 

TEKS

Social Studies

Grade 6 & 7 

(21)  Social studies skills. The student applies critical-thinking skills to organize and use information acquired through established research methodologies from a variety of valid sources, including electronic technology. The student is expected to:

(A)  differentiate between, locate, and use valid primary and secondary sources such as computer software, databases, media and news services, biographies, interviews, and artifacts to acquire information about Texas;

(B)  analyze information by sequencing, categorizing, identifying cause-and-effect relationships, comparing, contrasting, finding the main idea, summarizing, making generalizations and predictions, and drawing inferences and conclusions;

(C)  organize and interpret information from outlines, reports, databases, and visuals, including graphs, charts, timelines, and maps;

(D)  identify points of view from the historical context surrounding an event and the frame of reference that influenced the participants;

 

 

 

Grade 8 

29)  Social studies skills. The student applies critical-thinking skills to organize and use information acquired through established research methodologies from a variety of valid sources, including electronic technology. The student is expected to:

(A)  differentiate between, locate, and use valid primary and secondary sources such as computer software, databases, media and news services, biographies, interviews, and artifacts to acquire information about the United States;

(B)  analyze information by sequencing, categorizing, identifying cause-and-effect relationships, comparing, contrasting, finding the main idea, summarizing, making generalizations and predictions, and drawing inferences and conclusions;

 

 

 

Detailed Description 

Step 1

On a calendar, let students put a dot on their birthdate.  Discuss the significance of birthdays especially different age birthdays such as 16, 21, 30, 40, 50, etc. 

 

Step 2 

Using one of the resources listed in the activity resources, allow the students to research their respective birthdays.

 

Step 3

Students will choose 3 other people who have the same birthday and write down at least 5 facts about them.

  

Step 4

Students will write down 3 historical events that happened on their birthdays listing the importance of the historical events on society.

 

Step 5 

Students will contribute to a class timeline with their birthdays.

 

Optional

 

Create timeline with multiple classes.

 

 

 

Books to Display

Brooks, Martha. Queen of Hearts. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2011. Print.

Huget, Jennifer LaRue., and LeUyen Pham. The Best Birthday Party Ever. New York: Schwartz & Wade, 2011. Print.

Lamana, Julie T. Upside down in the Middle of Nowhere. San Francisco: Chronicle, 2014. Print.

Mass, Wendy. The Last Present. New York, NY: Scholastic, 2015. Print.

Raven, Margot Theis., and Chris K. Soentpiet. Happy Birthday to You!: The Mystery behind the Most Famous Song in the World. Chelsea, MI: Sleeping Bear, 2008. Print.

Urban, Linda. The Center of Everything. New York: Scholastic, 2014. Print.

 

 

Supply List

Large chart paper/butcher paper

Large calendar

Access to devices for research

 

Activity Resources

"ANYDAY Today-in-History PAGE of SCOPE SYSTEMS." ANYDAY Today-in-History PAGE of SCOPE SYSTEMS. Scopes, n.d. Web. 12 Feb. 2017. 

http://www.scopesys.com/anyday/ 

MacKiev, Software. "WORLD BOOK - This Day in History for IPad on the App Store." App Store. World Book, 08 Jan. 2011. Web. 12 Feb. 2017.

"On This Day." The Learning Network. New York Times, n.d. Web.

https://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/on-this-day/?_r=0

"This Day in History." History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 12 Feb. 2017. 

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-histor

"This Day in History." This Day in History. Fact Monster, n.d. Web. 12 Feb. 2017.

http://www.factmonster.com/dayinhistory

"Today in History." The Library of Congress. The Library of Congress, n.d. Web. 12 Feb. 2017.

https://www.loc.gov/item/today-in-history

"Today In History. What Happened This Day In History." HistoryNet. History Net, n.d. Web. 12 Feb. 2017.

http://www.historynet.com/today-in-history

 

 

 

Possible Incentives

Teacher and librarian could have a special “birthday party” where students will get to see the timeline together and possibly enjoy a cupcake and punch.

 

Other Resources

"'Every Day' Activities: Today in History." Education World: 'Every Day' Activities: Today in History. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Feb. 2017.

http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson121.shtml

"Texas Day by Day." Texas Day by Day. Texas State Historical Archives, n.d. Web. 12 Feb. 2017.

https://texasdaybyday.com/

 

 


 

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Poster 1

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INTRODUCTION

Tom Rogers wrote Eleven for two main reasons: How do we teach future generations about 9/11? and What lessons do we want to convey about that time? Despite the horrors of 9/11, heroes and kindness are front and center in Eleven. Acts of heroism and kindness brought not only a community, not only the nation, but the world together to help with the healing and rebuilding of post 9/11. This is a celebration of the human spirit.

 

TITLE

Celebrating the Human Spirit

 

DESCRIPTION

The following programs could be done individually or together.

 

Heroism: First Responder Festival

Either through the various Texas associations or through local branches of first responders, invite Police, Firefighters, and Emergency Medical Services to an event at the library. Patrons will learn about their different roles and responsibilities as first responders, as well as hear tips on how to be prepared for an emergency or crisis. With permission, patrons will get an up close and personal look at the different emergency vehicles (police car, ambulance, and firetruck). Smaller break-out sessions may include basic first aid and how to create a first aid kit, fire safety at  home and how to create a family fire escape plan, and the appropriate use of 911 and 311.

 

Session: Basic First Aid

Get donations from local stores/hospitals/donors to have patrons create their own First Aid Kit. Set up a table with first aid supplies listed below. Invite an EMT to talk about the importance of having a first aid kit handy and to talk through the first aid cards. Using a ziploc bag for storage, have guests gather the following items that they may take home:

  • 6 adhesive bandages
  • 2 3x3-inch sterile gauze pads
  • 1 small roll of adhesive tape
  • 1 3x6 inch piece of moleskin
  • 1 small bar of soap or travel-size bottle of hand sanitizer
  • 1 small tube of antibiotic ointment
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 pair of non-latex disposable gloves
  • 1 set of Basic First Aid cards

 

Session: Fire Safety at Home

Have another area facilitated by a firefighter talking about fire safety at home and the importance of having an evacuation plan as well as a meeting spot outside. Using paper and pencils, invite patrons to draw a rough floor plan of their home, locating exit routes, fire extinguisher, fire alarms/smoke detectors, and make note of any special equipment needed like second floor window ladders. Hand out copies of Fire Prevention and Safety Checklist.

 

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Session: HELP!

At this session, have a police officer go over what defines an emergency, how to get help in emergencies, and how to get help at other times. Go over the N11 Code Descriptions which define numbers such as 311, 411, 911, and more. Print out N11 Code Descriptions cards so guests are able to take a copy home with them.

 

Kindness: Eleven acts of Kindness

Invite an animal shelter out to the library with animals for an adoption day. Shelter volunteers would lead break-out sessions about different ways the community can volunteer at local shelters to help minimize costs to the program and provide much needed human interactions with the animals. The following 5 acts of kindness may be encouraged: walk animals, adopt animals, help feed animals, assist in washing animals, and clean-out kennels. There are several volunteer programs already established in some communities to facilitate the above.

 

Another Kindness activity for the library is to invite several independent living centers or retirement homes to the library for an event in pairing residents up with library patrons. Together, the groups can rotate through different stations to do the following 3 acts of kindness: build model airplanes, read together, or work on a jigsaw puzzle. Staff from the invited living centers/homes would also share how community members are able to volunteer at their place with suggestions like these 3 acts of kindness: see a ballgame together (in person as a chaperone or on TV), make a snack together with guidance from the resident nutritionist, and playing games. Pull ideas from the website: 5 Ways for Kids to Volunteer with Senior Citizens.

 

Finally make the Kindness Heroes bookmark available for patrons to continue encouraging Random Acts of Kindness. The information on the bookmark is taken from the Random Acts website.

 

BOOK TALKS or DISPLAY

Heroism:

9-11 artists respond, volume 1. Milwaukee, OR: Dark Horse Comics, 2002. Print.

Baskin, Nora Raleigh. Nine, ten: a September 11 story. New York: Atheneum for Young Readers, 2016. Print.

Brown, Don, and Andrew Arnold. America is under attack: September 11, 2001: the day the towers fell. New York: Square Fish/Roaring Brook Press, 2014. Print.

Cart, Michael, Marc Aronson, and Marianne Carus. 911: the book of help. Chicago: Cricket , 2002. Print.

Deedy, Carmen Agra. 14 Cows for America. Atlanta: Turtleback , 2009. Print.

Hunt, Susan, Dr. A Hero Lives in My Family: A Story for Kids of First Responders . N.p.: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015. Print.

Jacobson, Sidney, and Ernie Colón. The 9/11 report: a graphic adaptation. London: Viking, 2006. Print.

Kalman, Maira. Fireboat: the heroic adventures of the John J. Harvey. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2002. Print.

Rhodes, Jewell Parker. Towers falling. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2016. Print.

Rogers, Tom. Eleven. Los Angeles: Alto Nido Press, 2014. Print.

Thoms, Annie, and Taresh Batra. With their eyes: September 11th, the view from a high school at ground zero. New York: Collins, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2011. Print.

Winter, Jeanette. September roses. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2004. Print.

 

Kindness:

Casey, Patricia. One day at Wood Green Animal Shelter. London: Walker, 2002. Print.

Fox, Mem. Wilfrid Gordon Mcdonald Partridge. London: Penguin Ltd, 1988. Print.

Grogan, John. Marley: A Dog Like No Other. London: HarperCollins, 2009. Print.

Hest, Amy, and Jon J. Muth. Mr. George Baker. London: Walker, 2008. Print.

Kehret, Peg. Shelter Dogs: Amazing Stories of Adopted Strays. N.p.: Albert Whitman & Company, 1999. Print.

Walsh, Danny. Groupwork activities: the resource manual for everyone working with elderly people. Bicester, Oxon: Speechmark Pub., 1993. Print.

Wang, Patrick. Origami model airplanes. Tokyo: Tuttle, 2008. Print.

 

SUPPLIES

First responders: police, firefighters, EMS

First responder vehicles: police car, firetruck, ambulance

First aid materials to create a home first aid kit: adhesive bandages, 3x3-inch sterile gauze pads, small rolls of adhesive tape, 3x6 inch pieces of moleskin, small bar of soap or travel-size bottle of hand sanitizer, small tube of antibiotic ointment, pair of scissors, pair of non-latex disposable gloves

Basic First Aid cards

Paper and pencils to create home fire evacuation routes

Copies of Fire Prevention and Safety Checklist

N11 Code Descriptions cards

Model airplane kits or origami paper to make origami airplanes

Games and puzzles

Books for sharing

Kindness Heroes bookmarks

Animal shelter volunteers and animals

 

ACTIVITY RESOURCES

5 Ways for Kids to Volunteer with Senior Citizens https://theeducatorsspinonit.com/2015/08/5-ways-for-kids-to-volunteer-with.html

Basic First Aid Cards: CPR and Choking https://yourownhomestore.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/CPR-and-Choking-First-Aid.pdf

Basic First Aid Cards: Heat Stroke and Hypothermia https://yourownhomestore.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/heat-stroke-and-hypothermia-1.pdf

Basic First Aid Cards: Shock and Severe Bleeding https://yourownhomestore.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Shock-and-Severe-Bleeding-First-Aid.pdf

Fire Prevention and Safety Checklist http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4340073_FireSafety.pdf

Kindness & Heroism Posters .pdf https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3316AMmbjdDWWZzbkloVFZ0R00

Kindness Heroes Bookmark .pdf https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3316AMmbjdDdjQweW9oYmpCRFU/view?usp=sharing

N11 Code Descriptions Card https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3316AMmbjdDaUhsODg0TVM0Rk0/view?usp=sharing

Texas Police Association http://www.texaspoliceassociation.com/

Texas State Association of Fire Fighters http://www.tsaff.org/

Texas EMS Alliance http://txemsa.com/

 

RESOURCES

Basic First Aid for Hypothermia and Heat Stroke https://yourownhomestore.com/hypothermia-and-heat-stroke/

Boys’ Life: How to Build Your Own First Aid Kit http://boyslife.org/video-audio/4937/first-aid-kit-buying-guide/

CPR and Choking First Aid Basics https://yourownhomestore.com/cpr_choking/

Heroism Quotes from Brainy Quotes https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/heroism.html

Kindness Quotes from Brainy Quotes https://www.brainyquote.com/search_results.html?q=kindness

North American Numbering Plan Administration: Numbering Resources https://www.nationalnanpa.com/number_resource_info/n11_codes.html

Random Acts: Kindness Heroes http://www.randomacts.org/programs/kindness-heroes/

Shock and Severe Bleeding First Aid Basics http://yourownhomestore.com/shock-bleeding/

 

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Passive Programs 

 

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1.  Program Title

 

            A Picture is Worth 1000 Words

 

 

2.  Introduction/Purpose of Program

 

In Eleven, Rogers takes the readers through the events of the 9/11 attack by looking at it through the eyes of different people.  This timeline activity will allow for readers to understand the historical significance of following the events as they happened.

 

3.  TEKS (for school program) * added so schools could use as well

 

  • ELA 6.13, 7.13, 8.13 Reading/Media Literacy
  • SS 6.1 - History
  • SS 6.20B - Science, Technology, and Society
  • SS 8.29A 8.29C - Social Studies Skills

 

4.  Detailed Description of the Program

 

Patrons will follow the timelines of the events in the attack and the events in Ground Zero following the attacks. They will then respond to one event or object in the timelines that stood out to them by writing a note on the padlet of why it was significant. Additionally, the patron could create a hashtag that he/she feels exemplifies the time. Example: #wewillnotforget

 

 

5.  Program Related Books to Display or Book Talk

 

  • 9.11.01: terrorists attack the U.S. by Pat Lalley
  • A nation challenged: a visual history of 9/11 and its aftermath by Nancy Lee
  • America is Under Attack: September 11, 2001: The Day the Towers Fell (Actual Times) by Don Brown
  • Eleven by Tom Rogers
  • The American Spirit: meeting the challenge of September 11 by LIFE
  • Attack on America: the day the Twin Towers collapsed by Mary Gow
  • Just a Drop of Water by Kerry O’Malley Cerra
  • Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan

 

 

6.  List of Supplies

 

  • Computer
  • padlet set up for the patron to add reason that the image was meaningful at padlet.com. Padlet Example
  • notecards and markers to make the hashtag
  • camera set up for patrons to take a picture with the hashta

 

7.  Resources (print and electronic)

 

 

9.  Program Flyers, Posters, Advertisements, Bulletin Board Ideas, Templates, Rubrics, etc.

Eleven Passive Program Poster 

 

 


 


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