Grade 5

Theme 3: Voices of the Revolution

James Forten

James Forten by Walter Dean Myers


Meet the Author

Walter Dean Myers discovered he loved to write when he was in fifth grade. His teacher required that all her students read in front of the class. Myers, who had a speech impediment, froze with fear at the thought. But when the teacher allowed the students to read something they had written themselves, Myers relaxed. He began writing poems made up only of words he could pronounce. He hasn't stopped writing since.

Activities and Resources
eWord Game eGlossary Online Quiz