|Click here for stories about Billy Edd’s childhood in a coal camp.|
|Vocabulary: coal camp, miners helmet, scrip, strip mine, holler, mine fans, tipple.|
|Writing exercises for students:|
■ Have students read the Billy Edd stories aloud. A different student reads each paragraph, while all students underline things he says or tells about what they think are important.
■ Imagine this: You are grown up. You live somewhere else now. You decide you want to visit the place in West Virginia where you live now. You want to see it. But you can’t find it. It’s not there. The houses and churches and stores and school aren’t there anymore. The place where you used to live and play is all grown over with ivy and vines. All the roads are gone. You can’t even find where your home used to be.
■ In what ways has your life been like Billy Edd’s childhood in Highcoal? How has it been different?
■ Read Billy Edd’s story about Mr. Hudson. “He was an honorable man,” Billy Edd said. “He said a big impression on me.” What did Mr. Hudson do that made such an impression on him? Do you agree with Mr. Hudson? Why or why not?
■ Listen to High Flying Bird. When young Billy Edd was having trouble with his stepfather, he used to look at the birds and wish he could fly away too. When he grew up, he wrote High Flying Bird to tell how he felt.
■ Pick something Billy Edd said and write about it. What does this mean to you? Do you agree? Why? Not agree? Why? Choose from these quotes or find your own:
■ Choose the lyrics to two of Billy Edd’s songs. Write about the way he used experiences from h is life to write them.
■ Use Billy Edd’s painting for a coal camp lesson. Company store, tipple, railroad tracks. Draw a map of your neighborhood or town.
■ Grammar: Quotation marks. Use of double quote marks, single quote marks. When do you use each?