Informational texts and short stories to accompany Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes: A Memoir
Angela's Ashes is Frank McCourt's memoir of his childhood in Brooklyn, New York, and Limerick, Ireland. A dark and disturbing account, Frank talks in gritty detail about being brought up in extreme poverty and with an alcoholic father. Frank describes the struggle his mother, Angela, had to simply feed him and his siblings. The family relied on relatives, the government, and whatever charity they could find to survive. The only positive note in the memoir are the stories that Frank's father passes on — old Irish tales that propel Frank forward. Angela's Ashes received a National Book Critics Circle Award in 1996, the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography in 1997, and the Boeke Prize in 1997.
Additional Reading Practice
- TED Talk: The Key to Success? Grit (Grades 9-10; CCSS.CCRA.R.8)
- Protector of Children (Grades 9-10; CCSS.CCRA.R.8)
- Scraping By: What You Need to Know about the Minimum Wage (Grades 9-10; CCSS.CCRA.R.7)
Applied Reading and Writing Lessons
- Multiday Short Memoir: Bridges (Grade 9; CCSS.RL.9-10.2; CCSS.W.9-10.1)
- Multiday Short Memoir: Picnic Geese (Grade 10; CCSS.RL.9-10.2; CCSS.W.9-10.1)
- The Stories That Bind Us (Grade 11; CCSS.RI.11-12.2; CCSS.W.11-12.1)
- Multiday Short Memoir: The Party (Grade 12; CCSS.RL.11-12.2; CCSS.W.11-12.1)
- Multiday Writing: The Fly (Grade 12; CCSS.CCRA.W.3; CCSS.W.11-12.3)
- Self-Reliance and Where I Lived and What I Lived for (Grade 12; CCSS.RL.11-12.9; CCSS.W.11-12.2)
Differentiated Lesson Sets for Grades 4-12
- Cultural Memoirs: How does culture help shape the people we become?
- Family History: How do family history and traditions contribute to your identity?