1.28 {Whatever Wednesday} Paying it Forward #2

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.


downloadI’m still thinking about Pay it Forward—Young Readers Edition.

I realized when I saw this video pop up that it fit right in with last week’s video.

Careful—you may get a little dust in your eye…

 

 

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1.26 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #Ghostlight #GoodbyeStranger

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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Last week was a GREAT reading week for me. I found two books I could hardly stop reading. That makes a huge difference in my reading life. How are YOU doing finding great books? That’s part of why I’m going to give you a few minutes again to talk with your classmates to find out what great books they’re reading. Use the time wisely.

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Did this scare my socks off? No.

Did it give me the chills a couple times? For sure.

I’ll plan on writing a bit more about Ghostlight as its publication nears.

Look for it on August 4th, 2015.

As soon as I saw a new Rebecca Stead book available on Netgalley, I requested it immediately. It didn’t disappoint.

How much did I like Goodbye Stranger? I could hardly put it down. The characters were fascinating, and I enjoyed the way Stead told it from third person point of view with Bridge (the girl on the cover with the cat ears) as the central character, but threw in an occasional mysterious second person point of view from a different character.

Stead captured young teen vernacular and dealt with some major issues that students of this age face.

I look forward to writing more about this book closer to its birthday. Don’t miss out on this one.

Goodbye Stranger is born on August 4th.

Check back for students’ BookSelfies, due on Wednesday.

Period 1&2

Books

http://padlet.com/mretkinshms/12bookselfies

Period 5&6

Books

http://padlet.com/mretkinshms/56bookselfies

Period 9&10

books

Parents are invited to participate in our journey as well. 

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

Let’s have a look back to last week to check for parent comments.

(sorry, no parent comments last week)

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This ARC is the companion to Levithan’s Every Day, fascinating book.

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Thanks,
David Etkin

1.23 {BookFlix Friday} #SkeletonCreek

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!


It starts with the book, but it continues on-line:

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After an eerie accident leaves Ryan housebound and forbidden to see Sarah, their investigation takes two tracks: Ryan records everything in his journal, while Sarah uses her videocam in the haunted woods beyond Skeleton Creek.

Here is a sneak peek at the beginning of the book here… but looking at the “real” pages on the Amazon site is cooler.

Eventually you get to a page introducing Sarah’s video—and you go to http://www.sarahfincher.com/ and enter the password given on the page. The first-ever password is: houseofusher

Just wait until you see it.

You can even listen to an interview with the author, Patrick Carman.

Of course, there’s no reason to stop after book one. Try the rest of the series:

And out now:

Skeleton Creek

1.14 {Whatever Wednesday} Paying it Forward

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.


downloadI always loved these commercials, and after reading Pay it Forward—Young Readers Edition, I knew I had to get onto the YouTube find them.

This is such a great idea. Life changing. World changing.

ME changing.

1.12 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #PayItForward #Ghostlight

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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What did I do on my snow day on Friday? FINISHED MY BOOK!

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The internationally bestselling book that inspired the Pay It Forward movement is now available in a middle grade edition.

Pay It Forward is a moving, uplifting novel about Trevor McKinney, a twelve-year-old boy in a small California town who accepts his teacher’s challenge to earn extra credit by coming up with a plan to change the world. Trevor’s idea is simple: do a good deed for three people, and instead of asking them to return the favor, ask them to “pay it forward” to three others who need help. He envisions a vast movement of kindness and goodwill spreading across the world, and in this “quiet, steady masterpiece with an incandescent ending” (Kirkus Reviews), Trevor’s actions change his community forever.

Though it doesn’t follow the book exactly, there IS a movie based on it.

Check back for students’ BookSelfies, due on Wednesday.

Period 1&2

9 Books

http://padlet.com/mretkinshms/12bookselfies

Period 5&6

16 Books

http://padlet.com/mretkinshms/56bookselfies

Period 9&10

16 books

Parents are invited to participate in our journey as well. 

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

Let’s have a look back to last week to check for parent comments.

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I downloaded an upcoming ARC that I’m getting into. I don’t often read “ghosty” books, but I’m paying attention to my 2015 reading goals and chose this one.
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Thanks,
David Etkin

1.5 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #ToKillAMockingbird #Four

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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HAPPY 2015! A whole new year of reading is ahead!

It’s like walking through clean snow—like a blank canvas. What kind of mark will you make? Anything feels possible right now.

YES! I actually finished it. I liked huge parts of this book, but overall felt that this was a bit long-winded. I’m glad I persevered, since the main part of the story was so interesting and I liked the characters. Now I know why everyone references the father, Atticus, all the time. I’d like to meet him. Perhaps I will…when I watch the movie!
It was great to learn about the pre-Tris Four and how he came to be who he was. I also enjoyed getting a replay of familiar scenes through new eyes.
This would be a cool writing assignment: Rewrite an important scene from your book/our read-aloud from a different character’s POV. That’s a bit like fan fiction.

Today on the Padlets (see links below), students were charged with setting goals for themselves. Take a look at what they came up with….

Period 1&2

27 Books

http://padlet.com/mretkinshms/12bookselfies

Period 5&6

45 Books

http://padlet.com/mretkinshms/56bookselfies

Period 9&10

29 books

Parents are invited to participate in our journey as well. 

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

Let’s have a look back to last week to check for parent comments.

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This book is fabulous. I can’t wait to spend more time with  it.
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courage
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Thanks,
David Etkin