1. Class divided into groups of six.
Each group will be assigned an aspect of research e.g.
What was the author’s childhood like?
Why are they famous?
Why the author does, what they do?
What is life like for them now as grown ups?
2. The groups are asked to research the answer a question(s)
They read, discuss, and record their findings.
Phase Two – Project Groups
New groups formed with one student
from each of the groups.
Each student in the new group
shares the information they have learned.
These new groups will create a poster
to share with the class that sums up their learning.
Tell me about Jenny Nimmo’s childhood?
Jenny Nimmo’s Childhood
Jenny Nimmo was born on 15th January 1944.
There was just her and her mother at home,
so she went to live on her uncle’s free-range chicken farm.
Jenny was sent away to boarding school when she was only six.
She found this hard.
She was happier after the age of 11,
when she went to a secondary school
where her talents as an actress were encouraged.
At school, Jenny was quiet but she loved to make people laugh.
Why is Jenny Nimmo famous?
Jenny Nimmo is an author who has written many books for children.
Many of her books are about ‘magic’ in real life situations.
Books she has written include
‘The Owl Tree’,
‘The Stone Mouse’
and ‘The Dog Star’
but she has written many, many more e.g.
Why did she do what she does?
Jenny Nimmo is a writer of children’s books.
She has always loved reading and writing.
She read all the books in the junior school library
by the time she was nine
so she had to ask to join the senior school library then.
She enjoyed reading books as a child.
When she became a grown up she decided
she would write books for children.
Tell me about her life now
as a writer and grown up?
Jenny now lives in an old water mill in the countryside in Wales
with her husband, who is an artist. She has three grown up children.
First she feeds all the chickens, rabbits and cats, then she writes.
She uses a soft, 3B pencil and redrafts and edits as she goes along.
When she’s sure she has made all the changes,
she lets her husband read the story
and then types it up for her publisher.
LIST OF BOOKS WRITTEN BY JENNY NIMMO
The Owl Tree
The Stone Mouse
The Dog Star