How they Croaked


Bragg, G. (2011). How they croaked: The awful ends of the awfully famous. NY: Walker

This book tells the different stories of famous people and their untimely deaths. It starts in 1342 BC with King Tut’s death and goes all the way to Albert Einstein’s death in 1955. It tells how they died and why they were famous. My favorite part of this book was its stress of ” The people in this book didn’t become famous because of how they croaked but because of how they lived. A passion, a belief in themselves and hard work made them unforgettable.” (160). 

I would use this book in my classroom to teach timelines for chronology and identifying famous people in history and their contributions. (Social Studies TEK 2.4 (A) identify contributions of historical figures, including Thurgood Marshall, Irma Rangel, John Hancock, and Theodore Roosevelt, who have influenced the community, state, and nation, and 2.2 (2) History. The student understands the concepts of time and chronology. The student is expected to: (A) describe the order of events by using designations of time periods such as historical and present times; (B) apply vocabulary related to chronology, including past, present, and future; and (C) create and interpret timelines for events in the past and present.

I would use this book as a read aloud, read one person’s death a day and have my students make a continuous timeline and give them each a person from the book. They would then build a  class timeline and give reports on their assigned person. 


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