Michael Cox

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Michael Cox

Interesting Facts I LearnedMichael does school visitsMichael's son is an author tooMichael used to be a teacherHis books have been published in Russia, Brazil and Finland

Book Themes:FriendshipIdentityDiversityHumor

Michael Cox Research ProjectBy Asher MacLeod

Michael lives in rural Nottinghamshire, England. To learn more about it, click here.

Multicultural DiversityMichael's Airmail From books are a great Multicultural series that I will use in my classroom. The readersget to travel to countries across the globe, suchas India, Tanzania, Brazil, and Thailand, using the character's vivid descriptions of their lives and customs. I will use these books for read-aloud and also have copies in my classroom library. I would create a big chart in my classroom, where students will record the similarities between each country and the US while they read. I would use one of the Airmail From Books to introduce a country study unit. Students would research the customs, geography, politics and history of their country, and respond by creating their own character, complete with a diary like in the series.

Michael became a writer afterwinning a Story of the Year award. He gets his ideas from reading newspapers, books, and magazines, by overhearing conversations, and by remembering his own exciting experiences.

Examples of Work

Genres: Michael writes in many genres, including Historical Fiction (Agincourt, Jenkin Lloyd, France 1415), Non-fiction (Pirates and their Caribbean Capers), Contemporary Realistic Fiction (Ban Pong: Where Beetles Taste Great) and Fantasy (Ten Best Ghost Stories Ever)

Reading Anchor Standard 1Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.This standard will be met when students write down similarities and differences between the countries in the books and the US.

Common Core Standards to be Addressed by his books

Reading Anchor Standard 4Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meaningsThis standard will be met when students record what they interpret and justify foreign new words in the text.

Writing Anchor Standard 3Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details and well-structured event sequences.Writng Anchor Standard 5Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.Speaking ' Listening Standard 2Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.Students will meet these two standards when they create their own character and write an Airmail From series set in a country of their choice. Students will draft, revise, and edit their writing with their peers and teacher. They will create a visual presentation to go with it, and present to the class.

Michael talks to children about his Olympics History non-fiction book

Michael's Advice for Young Writers Like YouWrite down any igreat deas you have immediately so you don't forget themIf your characters begin to dictate what they do, let them off their leash!Don't worry about spelling, grammar etc. at first. Blast your ideas down!Read, read, read! You will absorb lots of ideas, both consciously and not.


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