9.23 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #OpenMic

A new week, a new batch of books—both finished and being read. Today is…

Ring-the-Bell Monday & It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

{Celebrating the books we’ve read in the past week & the titles we are currently reading.}


Description from IndieBound:

Using humor as the common denominator, a multicultural cast of YA authors steps up to the mic to share stories touching on race.

Listen in as ten YA authors — some familiar, some new — use their own brand of humor to share their stories about growing up between cultures. Henry Choi Lee discovers that pretending to be a tai chi master or a sought-after wiz at math wins him friends for a while — until it comically backfires. A biracial girl is amused when her dad clears seats for his family on a crowded subway in under a minute flat, simply by sitting quietly in between two uptight white women. Edited by acclaimed author and speaker Mitali Perkins, this collection of fiction and nonfiction uses a mix of styles as diverse as their authors, from laugh-out-loud funny to wry, ironic, or poingnant, in prose, poetry, and comic form.

Though some of these shorts were a little mature for my sixth graders, I’m looking forward to using a couple of them in my class as read alouds. Favorites were “Becoming Henry Lee” by David Yoo; and “Under Berlin” by G. Neri (written in verse—when I asked him on Facebook how he chose to write it that way, he said, “That’s just how the voice came to me. I can’t help it…” How cool is that?).
[Check back throughout the day for updates of my students’ reading.]
This past week, my A Class has read:
12 books
My B Class has read:
11 books
My C Class has read:
21 books
Finally ready to wrap up this series. Man is this THICK!
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This is the prequel to Bigger than a Breadbox. I’m eagerly anticipating it (though the cover isn’t as appealing…)

Before you see what the students are reading… what are you reading? Please leave a comment and let us know—and show the students that reading isn’t just a “school” thing.

(For every parent who leaves a comment with what you’re reading, I’ll give your child a BUSTED ticket…)

[Check back at the end of the day to see the cool spinning pictures of what my students are reading.]

Click the picture below for A Class SpinCam
Click the picture below for B Class SpinCam
Click the picture below for C Class SpinCam

[If anyone else is using SpinCam to show what your students are reading, I’d love to know about it and link to my Friday post. Thanks.]
David Etkin

27 thoughts on “9.23 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #OpenMic

  1. Mr. Etkin, Thanks for letting Alyssa borrow the Hunger Games – she’s been wanting to read it, and I never got around to it, and I wanted to read it before she gets to it… Just finished it… I guess books 2 and 3 will be next… thanks again for the lend. – Rob Woodford

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  3. David –
    It was such a pleasure and a good feeling looking at all the SpinCams on this date. You know how much I love reading and listening to good podcasts. So, when I see all your students seriously reading, it does my heart good! I also look forward to seeing what adults and students email/blog back to you.
    You are truly a gifted teacher. (I’m not just saying that because you are my son!!! :-)).

  4. Just finished Dandelion Fire by N.D Wilson (I’m completely obsessed with this triology! I don’t want to read the last book becasuse I don’t want it to end.) This week I started Bloody Lessons: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery by M. Louisa Locke.

  5. Hi Mr. Etkin! I have decided to visit the blog today. I am sick today and decided to read for a few hours. I’m reading How They Croaked because I couldn’t get to it last year.

  6. Kailey is reading Wonder, by RJ Palacio. She is up to Part 3 – Summer’s perspective. She loved this book as a read aloud in fifth grade, so now she is rereading it on her own and loving it!

  7. Today I finished reading my first David Baldacci novel titled “The Whole Truth”. I really enjoyed it and am very likely to read more of his books.

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