12.21 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? #AllAmericanBoys

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

 

{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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Whoa, Whoa, Whoa! Did I mention that our digital school newspaper, the Panther Press, came out today? Give it a LOOK!

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If you like realistic fiction that’s ripped right from the headlines of the news, you’ll enjoy this gritty book. Quinn and Rashad are two high school students—one an athlete, the other more of an artist. More importantly, one is white and the other is black. When Rashad is roughed up by an officer—an officer that Quinn knows—it makes the national news and threatens to divide the high school and town. Where will Quinn and ‘Shad wind up when everything shakes out? What stories are hidden beneath the surface? How will these guys face up to the way things have always been?

All American Boys is told from Quinn’s and Rashad’s points of view in alternating chapters. The two-author, two-POV format works. Powerful and current, All American Boys won’t soon leave your mind.

In an unforgettable new novel from award-winning authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, two teens one black, one white grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension.
A bag of chips. That’s all sixteen-year-old Rashad is looking for at the corner bodega. What he finds instead is a fist-happy cop, Paul Galluzzo, who mistakes Rashad for a shoplifter, mistakes Rashad’s pleadings that he’s stolen nothing for belligerence, mistakes Rashad’s resistance to leave the bodega as resisting arrest, mistakes Rashad’s every flinch at every punch the cop throws as further resistance and refusal to STAY STILL as ordered. But how can you stay still when someone is pounding your face into the concrete pavement?
But there were witnesses: Quinn Collins a varsity basketball player and Rashad’s classmate who has been raised by Paul since his own father died in Afghanistan and a video camera. Soon the beating is all over the news and Paul is getting threatened with accusations of prejudice and racial brutality. Quinn refuses to believe that the man who has basically been his savior could possibly be guilty. But then Rashad is absent. And absent again. And again. And the basketball team half of whom are Rashad’s best friends start to take sides. As does the school. And the town. Simmering tensions threaten to explode as Rashad and Quinn are forced to face decisions and consequences they had never considered before.
Written in tandem by two award-winning authors, this tour de force shares the alternating perspectives of Rashad and Quinn as the complications from that single violent moment, the type taken from the headlines, unfold and reverberate to highlight an unwelcome truth.

 

Here is a great review and exerpt from NPR.


 How many books did students in each class read last week?
What are they reading now?
Check out our Padlet to see students’ BOOKselfies.
Click the links below at 10:00ish and 12:30 respectively to see all students’ posts.

 

Hey— Did you remember that Reading Records are getting collected on Thursday?!?!

BTW—guests are invited to post a BOOKselfie too.
Period 1&2 read 20 books this past week.
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Period 5&6 read 13 books this past week.
Ready to see what these students are reading? Check out their BOOKselfies!!
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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…

Did anyone comment on last Monday’s blog post?

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Thanks,
David Etkin
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12.18 {BookFlix Friday} #WarBrothers and a couple treats… #kidsnippets

Today is {BookFlix Friday}!

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!


Many of you have already read this and it gets great reviews each time.
Much has been written about the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda, where, under the leadership of the infamous Joseph Kony, young children are kidnapped and forced to become rebel soldiers. Author Sharon McKay, whose research often involves spending time in the countries she writes about, traveled to Gulu, Uganda, to record true-life accounts from Kony’s victims. Their stories are full of horror, but they also capture the resilience, friendship, and courage that these children experienced.

Based on Sharon’s interviews, War Brothers was originally published as a novel in 2008. It tells the harrowing tale of 14-year-old Jacob who, along with his friends, is brutally abducted and pressed into service as a rebel soldier. Together with hundreds of other children, he is forced to commit brutal acts. Convinced that he and his friends will somehow be rescued, he struggles to hold on to his sanity as time passes with no sign of help. Finally, Jacob engineers a daring escape and returns to his village only to discover that he and his friends are feared and reviled as former child soldiers.

In this graphic novel version of War Brothers, artist Daniel Lafrance captures the terror, poignancy, and hope expressed in the text. In the best tradition of the graphic novel, this one brings an immediacy and power to a story that will sear itself into the mind of every reader.

More information:
Narration is provided by Toolit Ivan, a young man currently living in Gulu, Uganda, and was recorded there specifically for this video.

The song used in the trailer is an original from Africa and the video can be seen here. INTERESTING!

On a MUCH lighter note…

KID SNIPPETS!

IN HONOR OF STAR WARS OPENING DAY:

Finally, if you’re tired of the plain old Yule Log burning away on the TV:

11.16 Whatever Wednesday: Honoring Student Bloggers

Whatever Wednesday

a chance to post something cool: a cool quote or poster, a video, or simply a picture.

Enjoy!… and consider posting your own Whatever.


 

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Last night I had the honor of recognizing four students in front of the school board. These students were highlighted for their above-and-beyond writing that they contributed to this blog. All of these writings were done digitally and collaboratively via email and Google Docs. I’m quite proud of these four: Julianna, Adam, Angela, and Gowtham.

I found a couple cool blogging pics to inspire these students and some teachers… and possibly some more students. SO: Who will be next?

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Look! An infographic!

 

12.14 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? #GoodStuff + #ReadingAndTweeting

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

 

{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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I didn’t finish, but it’s pretty amazing. I’m on page 262.
I also tweeted a little bit with the author and others:
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 How cool is that?

 

I often like to have a book going on my iPad so I can read in bed with the light off. I started this one from my TBR pile:

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 How many books did students in each class read last week?
What are they reading now?
Check out our Padlet to see students’ BOOKselfies.
Click the links below at 10:00ish and 12:30 respectively to see all students’ posts.

 

Hey— Did you remember that Reading Records are getting collected on Thursday?!?!

BTW—guests are invited to post a BOOKselfie too.
Period 1&2 read 11 books this past week.
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Period 5&6 read 13 books this past week.
Ready to see what these students are reading? Check out their BOOKselfies!!
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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…

Did anyone comment on last Monday’s blog post?

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Thanks,
David Etkin

12.11 {BookFlix Friday} Alex Rider

Today is {BookFlix Friday}!

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!


Every year a couple kids start this series and get so wrapped up in it that they race through it to the end. Will it be YOU this year?
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Cool site link here.
 And another awesome-looking site here with games and challenges and codes—oh my! You can even READ the first chapter or LISTEN to the first chapter.
Read the books… watch the movie:

12.7 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? #Winter #LunarChronicles


Guess what today is!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

 

{I was late on adopting the new graphic above. What do you think?}

{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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I did it!
Winter (Lunar Chronicles Series #4)
Amazing. I can’t believe I finished the series. The characters in this book are awesome—all unique and diverse. Cinder. Scarlet. Winter. Cress. Thorne. Kai. Wolf. Jacin. Iko. Oh yeah—Levana. This book took a good while to read, but it was certainly worth it.
 
This series is not a simple read. It might be more readable in 7th or 8th grade. However, I know that some readers are ready for this and like to read series, and this is a great choice for anyone who likes sci-fi/fantasy and some twisted fairy tale retellings.
 
Oh, and the big lesson: Never bet against a cyborg.

 How many books did students in each class read last week?
What are they reading now?
Check out our Padlet to see students’ BOOKselfies.
Click the links below at 10:00ish and 12:30 respectively to see all students’ posts.

 

BTW—guests are invited to post a BOOKselfie too.
Period 1&2 read 19 books this past week.
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Period 5&6 read 17 books this past week.
Ready to see what these students are reading? Check out their BOOKselfies!!
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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…

Did anyone comment on last Monday’s blog post?

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Linda Sue Park recommended this one.
I’m already halfway through.
As much as I enjoy reading fantasy, I’m really enjoying getting into characters and situations that are real. This is right out of the news—high school students dealing with race issues. It’s pretty cool how it’s written—from alternating points of view.
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Thanks,
David Etkin

12.4 {BookFlix Friday} The Fourth Stall

Today is {BookFlix Friday}!

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 started with:

The Fourth Stall

In case you missed the similarity, the cover is a parody of the movie The Godfather:

 

OVERVIEW

Middle school just got a lot more criminal.

Do you need something? Mac can get it for you. It’s what he does. He and his best friend and business manager, Vince. Their methods might sometimes run afoul of the law, or at least the school code of conduct, but if you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can pay him, Mac is on your side. His office is located in the East Wing boy’s bathroom, fourth stall from the high window. And business is booming.

Or at least it was, until this particular Monday. Because this Monday is when Mac and Vince find out that the trouble with solving everyone else’s problems is there’s no one left to solve yours.

Want a sneak peak? Or Sneak listen?

Here.

Then came…

The Fourth Stall Part II

OVERVIEW

The life of crime is good.Mac has taken down legendary high school crime boss Staples, business has been booming, and Mac and Vince are getting ready for middle school baseball tryouts. But this can’t last. Mac has always tried to keep his friends close and his enemies closer. But what happens when you can’t tell the difference?

This dilemma walks into the fourth stall in the form of Trixie Von Parkway—an eighth grader with a mean look and an even meaner predicament. The new science teacher is terrorizing her, and she needs Mac to get him off her back. Seems simple enough, but as Mac starts to dig deeper, he finds even more trouble brewing at his school, including a new administrator bent on destroying his business, and indications that Trixie isn’t who she claims to be. In the past, the worst thing that could have happened to Mac was that he might lose a little money, maybe catch a beating. In The Fourth Stall Part II, though, there’s going to be much more on the line than that.

But wait, there’s more…

The Fourth Stall Part III

OVERVIEW

The story of Mac, Vince, and middle-school organized crime comes to its thrilling conclusion in the third book of Chris Rylander’s Fourth Stall saga, a series that combines a Godfather-like tale of crime and betrayal with hilarious school comedy à la Jack Gantos.

Their business is finished, and Mac’s and Vince’s lives have become something they have never been before—simple. None of the fortune or the glory, none of the risk or the threat of juvenile prison. There’s even a new business that has stepped in to take its place (and take the heat off Mac and Vince for once). Things couldn’t be better.

But that was before things at their middle school started to go haywire. Before they found out that there’s a new crime boss at a school another town over trying to consolidate power. And before their old nemesis, Staples, came back to town begging for help after his stint in the clink. Just when Mac and Vince thought they were out, the business pulls them back in. But this time, will they be able to escape with their lives and their permanent records intact?