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My Nine Lives by Clio

Last updated Sunday, October 23, 2005

Author: Marjorie Priceman
Date of Publication:
Grade Level: 5th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jun. 2000

Synopsis: In her journal, Clio the cat (now in her ninth life) describes how, in her previous eight lives, she identified constellations in ancient Mesopotamia, sailed with the Vikings to America, and invented the parachute in 1795 France.

Discussion topics: To be posted soon ...

Craft ideas:
•  What period of history are you studying now (recently?) Do a journal entry for Clio in that time period, with illustrations.
•  Write an entry in your diary of you in some time period from long ago. Who are you? what did you invent? why?
•  In life #4, there are words written in another language. The key is in the back of the book. What do the words say? Write messages to each other using this new (old?) language.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don't have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!