I did not get to post last Monday so I will be talking about my last two weeks of reading.
Nonfiction books I read:
Fiction I read:
Bird by Angela Johnson is a short and easy read. Bird has run away from home because she is following her step-dad who just left one day. She can't understand why he left. She is camping out in a barn and sneaking food from the farmhouse when the family is gone. I love Angela Johnson's ability to get into the minds of young people and to deal with very difficult subjects in a straightforward way. I will recommend this one to reluctant readers this fall.
Whirligig by Paul Fleischman is a book about retribution. When his classmate Brianna rejects him at a party, Brent feels humiliated. In his intoxicated state, he drives erratically and decides that he doesn't want to live anymore. His attempt at suicide actually causes a fatal crash that does not kill him, but kills the young woman in the other car. He is surprised in the trial when the woman's mother suggests a way for him to make retribution for the crash. He sets out on a road trip around the country. Meanwhile, the reader is given glimpses into the lives of the people who are affected by the gifts he leaves in different spots throughout the country. This is a book about how a rash decision and stupid mistake can forever change your life. I was pleasantly surprised by the uplifting feeling that I had while reading this book about a very serious subject. I was reminded of Touching Spirit Bear while reading and could possibly see doing a unit about justice using these two texts.
Professional Books Finished This Week:
Chris Tovani has many great ideas in her books. I had to read Do I Really Have to Teach Reading? because in her newest book about assessment she references some ideas from this one. I love the way she keeps track of group discussions and helps students learn how to have effective discussions.
Books I am currently reading:
A Step From Heaven by An Na---I officially have stopped the Newbery challenge and decided to work on Printz books instead. I will read all the books I have that are on that list and then look for the rest.
Real Revision by Kate Messner---This will be an excellent resource for the coming school year.
Clock Watchers by Stephanie Quate and John McDermott---I was lucky enough to be in a session with these two dynamic authors. Their ideas are very much aligned with what I believe in my classroom and I am enjoying reading about some new ideas to incorporate.
Books on the horizon: Whatever strikes my fancy from my numerous to-read choices.
Bookaday update---In 46 days so far of summer break I have read 65 books: 19 picture books and graphic novels, 7 professional books, and 39 novels or nonfiction chapter books.