#DrumSoloWeek Finale

Those who attended yesterday’s Skype session with Matthew Cody know how awesome it was and how cool HE is. Here’s our group photo with the author—I’ll plan on posting a few more pictures next week. 

  

A male drummer, a female drummer, buckets, brooms… It’s been quite a week.

Today we finish with Neil Pert, the drummer for Rush, and his monstrous drum set. (Stay tuned for a little ditty submitted by Max.)

 

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Students write about #OvercomingObstacles Part 2 & #DrumSoloWeek Day 4

On Tuesday I shared with you the first batch of students’ reactions to the following Dr. Ben Carson quote. Scroll down to see the rest. Inspiring!

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Here are the rest of the reflections that students submitted on the quote above.

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Inspiring, aren’t they?

My poetry response to Dr. Carson’s quote.

 


Aaaaaaand…Today is day 4 of Alpha104 DRUM SOLO WEEK!

This one’s a little different. But what are “drums” after all? I got to see this group live a number of years ago. So impressive.

 

GROUP bucket drums…(get particularly interesting at the 2:40 point

Students write about #OvercomingObstacles & #DrumSoloWeek Day 2

Last Wednesday we took the opportunity to reflect on a powerful quote about facing obstacles, then we watched how that message was embodied in a video clip that my student Xavier sent me.

Scroll down to see some powerful, insightful, and inspiring student responses.

What do you think of this? What does it mean to you?

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Here’s what it means to THIS guy:

 

Here are some students’ writings and reflections. My poem is at the bottom.

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My poetry response to this quote.


 

Happy Alpha104 Drum Solo Week!

As promised, a female drummer! (It was difficult to choose just one…)

If you want to watch a different drummer, Meytal Cohen, try this link.

6.8 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #BattleOfTheBooks #WritersNotebooks #DrumSoloWeek

Guess what today is!

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{Celebrating the books we’ve read in the past week

& the titles we are currently reading.}

This meme is originated by Jen and Kellee at TeachMentorTexts. Thanks!


Before we get going with some reading sharing, there is some BIG NEWS…okay, LOTS of BIG NEWS!


 

Cody author skype


 

On Friday, we had the Battle of the Books finale. I’m THRILLED to announce that for the first time in history, an ALPHA TEAM won the championship. Congratulations to the

Dauntless Demigod Tributes

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As you can see, they scored a perfect 10!

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Notice the headphones on one of the members? The team members were so dedicated that one traveling teammate FaceTimed in from the car to contribute. SWEET!

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Hats off to all the Alphas who participated:

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But wait, there’s MORE!

I was invited to participate in the great Amy LV’s writer’s notebook website. She and others are trying to put together a site of ideas for people—adults and kids—who need writing ideas for the summer. {click the pic below}

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I knew that I had a specific student who like to write on her own time, so I asked Arianna if she had something to contribute. She did. Click the pic below to see her writeup:

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So Proud!

Does anyone else have an idea you use from your writer’s notebook? Let me know and we’ll submit them.

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I’ve been busy reading and grading. Here are some cool picture books I picked up on my last library trip:
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Now… On to the student books. Check back later in the week to see the BOOKselfies that are due on Wednesday.
This will be the LAST BookSelfie of the year. Make it a GREAT one of you and the book you are currently reading.
#ReadingIsSocial
Books

For every parent who leaves a comment on TODAY’S POST with what you’re reading, I’ll give your child a BUSTED ticket…

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{ARC—To be born on July 14th}
From the author of the multimillion-copy bestseller The Face on the Milk Carton, this riveting new thriller, set against the backdrop of a bucolic summer town on the Connecticut River, will have readers guessing until the very last page, as a seemingly innocent sibling rivalry and newfound young love turn into something much more devastating than anyone could ever have imagined.

Miranda and Lander Allerdon are sisters. Miranda is younger, a dreamer, and floating her way through life. Lander is older, focused, and determined to succeed. As the girls and their parents begin another summer at their cottage on the Connecticut River, Miranda and Lander’s sibling rivalry is in high gear. Lander plans to start medical school in the fall, and Miranda feels cast in her shadow.When the Allerdons become entangled in an unimaginable tragedy, the playing field is suddenly leveled. As facts are revealed, the significance of what has happened weighs heavily on all. How can the family prepare for what the future may hold?
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Survival Strategy #50: If You Can, Be Brave

It’s easy to be brave when your eight-year-old sister, Billie, looks up to you as her protector. Twelve-year-old Liberty feels it’s her job to look after Billie once they are sent to live with their father, whom they haven’t seen since they were very young. Dad is unpredictable on his best days, but when he abandons the girls at a gas station in the middle of nowhere, Liberty’s courage is truly put to the test.

As she and Billie struggle to make it home on their own, they encounter a cast of both helpful and not-so-helpful characters, including a man with caterpillar eyebrows, a lady dressed entirely in lavender, a tattooed trucker with a soft spot for cats, a kid who is a little too obsessed with Star Wars, and a woman who lives with a houseful of nontraditional pets. Along the way, they learn that sometimes you have to get a little bit lost to be found.

The Shakespearean delights of Pop Sonnets, one of my favorite reads, are being collected ina new book to be published in October.

Pop Sonnets translates top-40 music into Shakespearean sonnets, and is a delight from start (when you try to guess which song’s lyrics you’re reading, e.g. “From western Philadelphia I hail, where in my youth I’d play upon the green”) to finish (when you come to the beautifully executed sonnet’s triumphant conclusion).

 Boys Without Names by Kashmira Sheth

SINCE this is our final FULL week of school, I thought I’d spice things up by have our own

Alpha104 Drum Solo Week.
Here’s the first of 5 solos:
 
Thanks,
David Etkin

6.3 {Whatever Wednesday} #OvercomingObstacles

Whatever Wednesday

a chance to post something I’ve seen that I’m diggin’: a cool quote or poster, a video, or simply a picture.

Enjoy!… and consider posting your own Whatever.


My student Xavier brought this video to my attention and shared how his whole family was moved by it. Before I share, I found a matching quote poster to go along with it.

What do you think of this? What does it mean to you?

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Here’s what it means to THIS guy:

6.1 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #AnotherDay

Guess what today is!

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{Celebrating the books we’ve read in the past week

& the titles we are currently reading.}

This meme is originated by Jen and Kellee at TeachMentorTexts. Thanks!

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This was a book I could NOT put down. Something about it—even though it was a story I already “knew” from having read Every Day—held my attention. This follow-up—a “cousin” book, as Levithan calls it—is told from the point of view of Rhiannon, the girl A falls in love with.
Fascinating. Insightful. Thought provoking.
Look for Another Day‘s birthday on August 25th.
Now… On to the student books. Check back later in the week to see the BOOKselfies that are due on Thursday. #ReadingIsSocial
Books

For every parent who leaves a comment on TODAY’S POST with what you’re reading, I’ll give your child a BUSTED ticket…

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{ARC—To be born on July 14th}
From the author of the multimillion-copy bestseller The Face on the Milk Carton, this riveting new thriller, set against the backdrop of a bucolic summer town on the Connecticut River, will have readers guessing until the very last page, as a seemingly innocent sibling rivalry and newfound young love turn into something much more devastating than anyone could ever have imagined.

Miranda and Lander Allerdon are sisters. Miranda is younger, a dreamer, and floating her way through life. Lander is older, focused, and determined to succeed. As the girls and their parents begin another summer at their cottage on the Connecticut River, Miranda and Lander’s sibling rivalry is in high gear. Lander plans to start medical school in the fall, and Miranda feels cast in her shadow.

When the Allerdons become entangled in an unimaginable tragedy, the playing field is suddenly leveled. As facts are revealed, the significance of what has happened weighs heavily on all. How can the family prepare for what the future may hold?

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 Boys Without Names by Kashmira Sheth
 
Thanks,
David Etkin

5.29 {BookFlix Friday} #IAmNumberFour #EmeraldAtlas #TheBookThief

Today is

Few things can draw a reader to a new book like a book trailer can. Each Friday I will endeavor to bring a couple to you—some new or recent, some teasers of upcoming books, and a few “classics”. Get the popcorn ready.

Lights…Camera…Action!


First:

A National Spelling Bee Champ has been crowned. Check it out!


Next off, shouldn’t we appreciate some CATS?!

{Thanks, Tyler. We’ll keep popping back in to see what’s up…}


Now, BookFlix:

The movie trailer:

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How’s the cat video doing?

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The movie trailer:

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Is that cat video finally over?

5.22 {BookFlix Friday} #TheEyeOfMinds #Lockwood&Co. #PaladinProphecy #TheRunningDream

Today is

Few things can draw a reader to a new book like a book trailer can. Each Friday I will endeavor to bring a couple to you—some new or recent, some teasers of upcoming books, and a few “classics”. Get the popcorn ready.

Lights…Camera…Action!


{Click book}

From James Dashner, the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, comes an edge-of-your seat adventure. The Eye of Minds is the first book in The Mortality Doctrine, a series set in a world of hyperadvanced technology, cyberterrorists, and gaming beyond your wildest dreams . . . and your worst nightmares.

For Michael and the other gamers, the VirtNet can make your wildest fantasies become real. And the more hacking skills you have, the more fun. Who wants to play by the rules anyway?

But some rules were made for a reason. One gamer has been taking people hostage inside the VirtNet with horrific consequences.

The government needs Michael to track down the rogue gamer, but the risk is enormous and the line between game and reality could be blurred forever . . .

Book Cover Template Mortality Doctrine Series


{click the book to go to the site and see the other books in the series)

‘You’ll want to leave the lights on . . . Stroud is a genius’ Rick Riordan

Set in a city stalked by spectres, The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud is the first in a chilling new series full of suspense, humour and truly terrifying ghosts. Your nights will never be the same again . . .

When the dead come back to haunt the living, Lockwood & Co. step in . . .

For more than fifty years, the country has been affected by a horrifying epidemic of ghosts. A number of Psychic Investigations Agencies have sprung up to destroy the dangerous apparitions.

Lucy Carlyle, a talented young agent, arrives in London hoping for a notable career. Instead she finds herself joining the smallest, most ramshackle agency in the city, run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood. When one of their cases goes horribly wrong, Lockwood & Co. have one last chance of redemption. Unfortunately this involves spending the night in one of the most haunted houses in England, and trying to escape alive.


Will West is careful to live life under the radar. At his parents’ insistence, he’s made sure to get mediocre grades and to stay in the middle of the pack on his cross-country team. Then Will slips up, accidentally scoring off the charts on a nationwide exam.

Now Will is being courted by an exclusive prep school . . . and is being followed by men driving black sedans. When Will suddenly loses his parents, he must flee to the school. There he begins to explore all that he’s capable of–physical and mental feats that should be impossible–and learns that his abilities are connected to a struggle between titanic forces that has lasted for millennia.

Co-creator of the groundbreaking television series Twin Peaks, Mark Frost brings his unique vision to this sophisticated adventure, which combines mystery, heart-pounding action, and the supernatural.


Winner of the 2012 Schneider Family Book Award

Jessica thinks her life is over when she loses a leg in a car accident. She’s not comforted by the news that she’ll be able to walk with the help of a prosthetic leg. Who cares about walking when you live to run?

As she struggles to cope with crutches and a first cyborg-like prosthetic, Jessica feels oddly both in the spotlight and invisible. People who don’t know what to say, act like she’s not there. Which she could handle better if she weren’t now keenly aware that she’d done the same thing herself to a girl with CP named Rosa. A girl who is going to tutor her through all the math she’s missed. A girl who sees right into the heart of her.

With the support of family, friends, a coach, and her track teammates, Jessica may actually be able to run again. But that’s not enough for her now. She doesn’t just want to cross finish lines herself—she wants to take Rosa with her.

5.18 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Guess what today is!

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{Celebrating the books we’ve read in the past week

& the titles we are currently reading.}

This meme is originated by Jen and Kellee at TeachMentorTexts. Thanks!

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Strange but interesting book. I need to think about it a little bit more before I say more. This book will be born on  August 27th 2015 by Walker Books
Now… On to the student books. Check back later in the week to see the BOOKselfies that are due on Wednesday. #ReadingIsSocial
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For every parent who leaves a comment on TODAY’S POST with what you’re reading, I’ll give your child a BUSTED ticket…

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Boys Without Names by Kashmira Sheth

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This ARC finally came in digitally. I’m looking forward to what Levithan is calling a “twin”—not a companion—to Every Day.
 
Thanks,
David Etkin