The Beekman School - biography https://www.beekmanschool.org/tags/biography en Memoirs for the Summer https://www.beekmanschool.org/articles/memoirs-summer <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_1"> <a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a> <a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a> <a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a> <a class="a2a_button_pinterest"></a> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.beekmanschool.org%2Farticles%2Fmemoirs-summer&amp;title=Memoirs%20for%20the%20Summer"></a> </span> <script type="text/javascript"> <!--//--><![CDATA[//><!-- if(window.da2a)da2a.script_load(); //--><!]]> </script><div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-text field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Authored By:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Ian Rusten, History Teacher</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfs:seeAlso" resource="https://www.beekmanschool.org/sites/default/files/field/image/memoir.png"><a href="https://www.beekmanschool.org/sites/default/files/field/image/memoir.png" title="Memoirs for the Summer" class="colorbox" rel=""><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="https://www.beekmanschool.org/sites/default/files/styles/photo_thumb/public/field/image/memoir.png?itok=oF0L5oyI" width="125" height="175" alt="" title="" /></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Summer reading does not have to be a compensatory list of books that students dread reading and save for the last possible second.  Summer can (and should be!) the perfect time to explore new genres or to revel in old favorite genres. Some of my favorite genres to read are memoirs, biographies, and autobiographies. I particularly love reading about people who have left a lasting impact on the world. Sometimes, like Darwin, these figures are well known, but I also love to read about lesser known people like Irena Sendler and Bryan Stevenson. I have compiled a list of a few memoirs, autobiographies, and biographies that I thought you might enjoy reading over the summer.</p> <p><u>The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind</u> (there is a version that is adapted for young adults) by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Meale</p> <p><em>This biography is the story of a boy who figured out how to bring electricity and running water to his drought ravaged village in Malawi. It is a riveting story of a boy who used innovative methods to make a huge difference in his community.</em></p> <p><u>Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith</u> by Deborah Heiligman</p> <p><em>At a time when science is at the forefront of the political discourse, this book explores the life and research of the brilliant scientist Charles Darwin. It explores the tension and debate around the intersection of science and religion and how it impacted his research and relationship with his religious wife.</em></p> <p><u>Chasing Lincoln’s Killer</u> by James L. Swanson</p> <p><em>This nail-biting, in-depth account of the twelve-day manhunt for John Wilkes Booth, President Lincoln’s infamous killer, will keep readers on the edge of their seat.</em></p> <p><u>Educated </u> by Tara Westover</p> <p><em>"Educated" is powerful memoir about the life of a young girl raised off the grid by survivalists in Idaho. Despite never having attended school, Tara Westover’s desire for knowledge led her on a quest to become educated.</em></p> <p><u>Irena’s Children: The Extraordinary Story of the Woman who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto </u>by Tilar J. Mazzeo </p> <p><em>Irena Sendler took extraordinary risks to save the lives of 2,500 children living in the Warsaw Ghetto from the Nazis. This powerful biography tells the story of how the bravery of one young woman changed the lives of so many.</em></p> <p><u>Just Mercy: A True Story of the Fight for Justice</u> (There is a version that is adapted for young adults) by Bryan Stevenson</p> <p><em>"Just Mercy" tells the story of Bryan Stevenson, an idealistic, young lawyer who defends marginalized people trapped in the criminal justice system.</em></p> <p><u>March Trilogy </u>by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell</p> <p><em>This graphic novel trilogy tells the story of the civil rights movement through the eyes of one of its most powerful leaders, John Lewis.</em></p> <p><u>Unbroken: An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive </u>by Laura Hillenbrand (there is a version that is adapted for young adults)</p> <p><em>Olympic hero turned airman Louis Zamperini was flying during WWII when his plane went down over the Pacific Ocean. This biography tells the story of his remarkable survival first on a raft and then in Japanese prison camps.</em></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p class="p1"> </p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <style type="text/css"> <!--/*--><![CDATA[/* ><!--*/ p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #454545} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #454545; min-height: 14.0px} p.p3 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #454545; min-height: 15.0px} span.s1 {text-decoration: underline} span.Apple-tab-span {white-space:pre} /*--><!]]>*/ </style></p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/ian-rusten" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Ian Rusten</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/history" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">history</a></div><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/memoir" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">memoir</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/summer-reading" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">summer reading</a></div><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/biography" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">biography</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/autobiography" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">autobiography</a></div></div></div> Fri, 17 May 2019 16:48:24 +0000 ianr 43210 at https://www.beekmanschool.org Discovering History through Biography https://www.beekmanschool.org/articles/discovering-history-through-biography <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_2"> <a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a> <a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a> <a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a> <a class="a2a_button_pinterest"></a> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.beekmanschool.org%2Farticles%2Fdiscovering-history-through-biography&amp;title=Discovering%20History%20through%20Biography"></a> </span> <div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-text field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Authored By:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Ian Rusten, History Teacher</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfs:seeAlso" resource="https://www.beekmanschool.org/sites/default/files/field/image/hamilton.jpg"><a href="https://www.beekmanschool.org/sites/default/files/field/image/hamilton.jpg" title="Discovering History through Biography" class="colorbox" rel=""><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="https://www.beekmanschool.org/sites/default/files/styles/photo_thumb/public/field/image/hamilton.jpg?itok=XzaXOLn6" width="125" height="175" alt="" title="" /></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>As Marian Wright Edeleman said, “If you don’t like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time.”</p> <p>History has been shaped and molded by many figures from the past and present. Some of these people are controversial and their impact has not always been seen as positive, however, their actions have left a deep mark on history. To learn more about these figures, you can read the autobiographies and biographies suggested below.</p> <p><strong>Abigail Adams</strong> was advisor to and wife of John Adams, the second President of the United States.</p> <p>            <em>The Letters of Abigail and John Adams</em> by Abigail and John Adams</p> <p><strong>Muhammad Ali </strong>was an American political activist and professional boxer.</p> <p>            <em>The Greatest: My Own Story</em> by Muhammad Ali and Richard Durham</p> <p><strong>Winston Churchill</strong> was Prime Minister of Great Britain during World War II and had a great influence on the outcome of the War.</p> <p>            <em>Churchill: We Shall Never Surrender | The Life and Legacy of Winston Churchill</em> by Jack Crawford</p> <p><strong>Henry Ford</strong> was an American industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company.</p> <p>            <em>The People's Tycoon: Henry Ford and the American Century</em> by Steven Watts</p> <p><strong>Alexander Hamilton</strong> was one of the founding fathers of the United States, an author of the Federalist papers and first Secretary of the Treasury.</p> <p><em>            Alexander Hamilton </em>by Ron Chernow</p> <p><strong>Aung San Suu Kyi </strong>is a Burmese politician and author.</p> <p>            <em>Letters from Burma </em>by Aung San Suu Kyi and Fergal Keane</p> <p><strong>Nelson Mandela</strong> was an activist, politician and the first democratically elected leader of South Africa.</p> <p>            <em>Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela</em> by Nelson Mandela.</p> <p><strong>Steve Jobs </strong>was an American inventor, businessman and co-founder of Apple.</p> <p>            <em>Steve Jobs</em> by Walter Isaacson</p> <p><strong>Harvey Milk </strong>was an American politician who was the first openly gay person elected to public office in California.</p> <p><em>            The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk</em> by Randy Shilts </p> <p><strong>Prince Henry the Navigator</strong> was a Portuguese prince who contributed to the birth of the Age of Discovery and the rise of the Atlantic slave trade.</p> <p>            <em>Prince Henry ‘the Navigator’ A Life</em> by Peter Russell</p> <p><strong>Franklin Delano Roosevelt </strong>was President of the United States and led the country during the Great Depression and World War II.</p> <p>            <em>FDR </em>by Jean Edward Smith, or to learn about both FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt read <em>No Ordinary Time: Franklin &amp; Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II</em></p> <p><strong>Alan Turing </strong>was the British mathematician and logician who contributed to the birth of computer science and artificial intelligence.</p> <p>            <em>Alan Turing: The Enigma </em>by Andrew Hodges and Douglas Hofstadter</p> <p><strong>Malala Yousafzai </strong>is a Pakistani activist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.</p> <p>            <em>I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban</em> by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/biography" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">biography</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/ian-rusten" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Ian Rusten</a></div><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/history" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">history</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/us-history" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">U.S. History</a></div></div></div> Fri, 03 Mar 2017 14:06:30 +0000 ianr 26373 at https://www.beekmanschool.org