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~From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

In February we began a literature focus unit on E.L. Konigsburg’s From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. This Newbery Medal winner tells the tale of two siblings who run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in an effort to teach their parents to appreciate them, but end up discovering their own identities along the way. During our two-month study, students will develop critical reading skills as they participate in class discussions, explore new vocabulary, analyze story elements, develop comprehension strategies, and respond to literature through writing and projects. This is a fun, heartwarming novel with childhood themes that students will enjoy reading and discussing with their peers. 

*It is imperative that students stay up to date on their nightly homework assignments so that they can become actively involved in our study of the main characters’ adventures.

About the Author: 

E.L. Konigsburg is one of five authors to win two Newbery Medals, one in 1968 (From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler) and one in 1997 (The View From Saturday). She is the only author to have two novels win the Newbery Medal and Newbery Honor (runner up) in the same year (Mixed-Up Files and Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth). Konigsburg has published several youth fiction novels and picture books and continues to write today. Many of her novels are available in the Horace Mann library.