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

Guess what today is!


{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!


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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!


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!


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.

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).

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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:
David Etkin

2 thoughts on “6.8 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #BattleOfTheBooks #WritersNotebooks #DrumSoloWeek

  1. Hiya, Mr. E! I kind of fell out of the habit of posting about what I was reading, but I haven’t fallen out of the habit of reading. Since I last posted, I read The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, and now I’m reading yet another Star Trek book. In brief, not a huge fan of either The Scarlet Letter or Mr. Mercedes but I loved Brave New World. Funny and scary and still relevant today. And the Star Trek book is good so far!

    The other thing I want to say is a sincere and hearty congratulations to Delaney and her Battle of the Books team, Dauntless Demigod Tributes! We were thrilled to hear Delaney’s stories about the competition and see her trophy and Barnes & Noble prize. Also, thanks to you and all the faculty and staff for making such an awesome event possible!

    • Thank you again for sharing your reading. I knew you were out there somewhere.

      I was blown away by Brave New World when I read it in high school. One of the original dystopians, yeah? Scary is right.

      The Battle was awesome. I hope D recounted the details for you 🙂

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