Books I finished this week:
Notebook Know-How: Strategies for the Writer's Notebook by Aimee Buckner is a book that I found out about last week and had to go out to find it right away. I am working on trying to figure out what I will do with notebooks this year and this is another great resource with food for thought about the requirements I will have for my students.
Inspired by the Teachers Write group this summer, I had to read this book by Kate Messner. I actually bought both an e-book and a paper copy of this book. Since I will have a Smart board next year, I knew that I would be able to use the author pages with my class in an electronic way, but I also wanted to be able to have the book available for individual students for good revising advice. I love the ideas in this book and it really made me think about how I will work to help middle school students understand that the revision is where the good writing comes from. It is a resource that ALL writing teachers should have.
I bought Clock Watchers: Six Steps to Motivating and Engaging Disengaged Students Across Content Areas by Stephanie Quate and John McDermott while sitting in the session that they were presenting at the Learning Forward conference I recently attended. These authors are not writing about anything that I didn't already know about motivation and engagement, but I love the way they have of putting it all together in an easy to understand way. I like the way the authors bring together these critical elements in one succinct model. The Six C's woven together can create that motivation and engagement that is so important for our students. Lots of food for thought here and some phenomenal ideas for collaborative activities to challenge young people's minds.
A Step From Heaven by An Na is a powerful story. I like the way the author really gives readers a glimpse of the Korean culture through the first person narration. Definitely a book I will recommend to my students.
Mystery-- I have been so focused on YA this summer which has been nice, but I was starting to miss murder mysteries so I decided to spend some time with this genre this week.
A Good Day to Pie was an easy read. The protagonist was really immature and I was a little annoyed by her inability to think about things using common sense. I will not look for more of this series.
The Savage Altar by Asa Larsson is a murder mystery by a great Swedish crime writer. I really like the character development in this series and will look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Books I am Reading:
Nonfiction Matters: Reading, Writing, and Research in Grades 3-8 by Stephanie Harvey
The Blood Spilt by Asa Larsson
The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan
Books I will read this week:
I am planning to read Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos and Postcards from No Man's Land by Aidan Chambers. I will also read Opening Minds by Peter Johnston and 10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know by Jeff Anderson.