Sunday, September 09, 2018

Which Obit Should Kids Read?

Of all the obituaries you've read - or written - what's one you'd pick for kids to read?

I'm a middle school teacher and an obituary enthusiast. I use obituaries in the classroom to introduce students to people who lived inspiring lives, worthy of emulation.*

We've read about the foster mother to ninety-eight children, the first woman to climb the highest mountain on each continent, and the man who invented the study of flags. (Over fifty obits so far - see them all at I'm especially interested in obits that may have received insufficient notice.

I'd be grateful if you shared your recommendation(s) in the comment section below.

Many thanks - and thank you for the work you do!

-Peter Sipe

*For more on obituaries' instructional merit, see my Boston Herald op-ed "Obituaries Teach Life's Lessons."


Kay Powell said...

Peter, hope it's not too late to contribute to your collection of obits for children to read. Contact me and I will send you the word doc of my Atlanta Journal-Constitution obit for model plane designer George Perryman and the letter I received from a first grade class about it.

Passed Made Present said...

No, it's not too late at all - I'm always taking suggestions. Many thanks!

Anonymous said...

Peter, I need your contact info to send you the word doc of the obit and the first grade class's letter about it.

Kay Powell said...

Peter, my comment above shouldn't be "Anonymous". I must have hit the wrong key. You can go to the list of contributors on the right side of the page and see how you can email me your contact information for me to send you the word docs.

Passed Made Present said...

Kay - I'll do that. And if anyone else has a suggestion, feel free to pass it on to me at passedmadepresent [at] gmail [dot] com. Thanks!