Sequoyah and His Talking Leaves: A Play about the Cherokee Syllabary

Sequoyah and His Talking Leaves A Play about the Cherokee Syllabary In the early s white settlers and missionaries were intent on bringing the English language to the illiterate Native Americans Sequoyah was intrigued by these leaves of paper with strange marks t

  • Title: Sequoyah and His Talking Leaves: A Play about the Cherokee Syllabary
  • Author: Wim Coleman Pat Perrin siri weber feeney
  • ISBN: 9781939656360
  • Page: 445
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the early 1800s, white settlers and missionaries were intent on bringing the English language to the illiterate Native Americans Sequoyah was intrigued by these leaves of paper with strange marks that talked Doing what no one had ever done before, Sequoyah set about creating a written Cherokee language helping preserve the tribe s history and culture even today.

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    About Author

    1. Wim grew up in Iowa He is a playwright whose works have won national awards and have been presented in New York and Los Angeles He has worked in theater as an actor, director, scene shop foreman, and set designer and has also been an editor, pizza cook, waiter, and bartender Many of his recent books are written in collaboration with his wife, Pat Perrin Wim Coleman and Pat Perrin have written, edited, or contributed to than 60 books for young readers, including the award winning Anna s World Some of their mainstream books have been translated into foreign language editions and taught in university courses.

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    1. This tells the story of the only illiterate person in recorded history to invent a writing system, using a play with 14 characters Areas of supposition is noted We re not sure compared to We do know rather than allowing children to consider them as facts Actual facts, dates and so on, are given when known, and the difference between an alphabet and syllabary is clearly explained The illustrations are colorful, igniting the imagination, and it even covers some of the negative aspects of written l [...]


    2. Sequoyah and his talking leavesa play about the cherokee Syllabaryby Wim Coleman and Pat PerrinIllustrated by Siri Weber FeeneyThis is a children s book about Sequoyah S si qua ya and his creation of a Cherokee writing system or Syllabary This book is is a play in four acts with twelve parts about Sequoyah during the time he created the written language of the Cherokee I was looking for books to add to our library that tell about important Native American figures and their roles in history Now t [...]


    3. Part picture book, part historical play, Sequoyah and His Talking Leaves tells about how one man devoted his life to developing a system of writing for the otherwise only spoken Cherokee language Sequoyah realized quickly how valuable a written language could be for the Cherokee people Based on the repetition of sounds, Sequoyah invented a written language based on syllables and called a syllabury The play is narrated by two historians and is set in the southern United States sometime between 18 [...]


    4. Sequoyah was the first human in history to create a written language entirely on his own He faced great opposition from tribal leaders but continued to develop his syllabary because he believed it was crucial to the survival of the Cherokee language While highly fictionalized, this play or reader s theater brings Sequoyah to life for young readers in a way that allows them to understand just what he achieved with his syllabary, and the opposition he faced along the way.In Oklahoma, every school [...]


    5. I think this is definitely something that I would use in my classroom during our Native American unit My students love reading plays and this would make a great story for readers theatre.I liked how the story let the reader know when they are reading fact and when they are making conjecture I would definitely consider this a fiction title based on real events.The publishers suggest this for grades 3 5 and I agree with that I can definitely see using it with my 5th graders.Thanks go to Red Chair [...]


    6. This play is appropriate for third through fifth grade readers theater Each scene starts with a conversation between historians about what they know and then switches to a flashback with Sequoyah as the main character It clearly and simply explains how Sequoyah created a syllabary a written language using symbols for each syllable for the Cherokee language and the uniqueness of this accomplishment I received an electronic copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review.


    7. Sequoyah and His Talking Leaves A Play about the Cherokee Syllabaryby Wim Coleman Author , Pat Perrin Author , siri weber feeney Illustrations The story of Sequoyah is presented as a read aloud play It is an interesting interpretation of the story The book would be a good introduction to the subject for young children Teaching young readers that perceptions of Native American cultures may have been limited by history.


    8. What a fun way to integrate dramatic arts and historical comprehension Readers can learn about the history of the Cherokee written language in a fun, imaginative way I would use this as an introduction to Sequoyah to be used in conjunction with quality information.Thanks to Net Galley and Red Chair Press for an early copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.


    9. This was an interesting read about Sequoyah and his creation of the Cherokee written language However, I don t know that there would be enough action in it to see it as a play which is how it is intended Yet the information is readable and informative.


    10. This account of the creation of a written Cherokee language is written as a Reader s Theater The facts are fascinating in themselves and the format may help young readers make a personal connection to the material.


    11. Read for Task 23 of the Read Harder Challenge Read a playA good summary of how the Cherokee syllabary was created Great for use in classrooms.


    12. With short scenes and easy to learn script, this play is a fun and effective way to teach children how Sequoyah created the written Cherokee language and preserved their way of life.


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