The Summer My Father Was Ten is a children’s book written by Pat Brisson. The book is about a boy named Tommy, who spends the summer with his grandfather in a small town. While exploring the town, Tommy discovers a secret from his father’s childhood – a traumatic event that happened when his father was ten years old. Through his grandfather’s memories and storytelling, Tommy learns about his father’s past and gains a deeper understanding of his family.
This book is a great way to introduce children to the concept of family history and the importance of understanding one’s roots. It can also be used as a springboard for discussions on topics such as bullying, friendship, and the impact of childhood experiences on adult life.
This 35-page ELA resources and activity unit was prepared for The Summer My Father Was Ten by Pat Brisson. This story can be used as an introduction to memoir writing and encourage discussion of small moment writing ideas.
. character traits and analysis
. comprehension questions
. short writing responses
. learning about memoir writing (draft, revise, edit, publish)
. bulletin board suggestions
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