6.4 Ring-the-Bell Monday & It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

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

Ring-the-Bell Monday

{Wherein we share what books we have read in the past week.}

&

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

{Wherein we share the titles we are currently reading.}

Ring-the-Bell Monday

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This week I read:

I went on a bit of an Eve Bunting binge. She is quite prolific and her stories have so much meaning. They are great for discussions.

And some others:

How many books have my classes read? (This total will be updated throughout the day)


Class A

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Class C:

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[Check out the home of “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading”: Teach Mentor Texts — and the spin-off: Sharpreads]

This week, I am reading:

This is the sequel to Divergent (See cover below trailers)

What are the REST of you reading?

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5.14 Ring-the-Bell Monday & It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

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

Ring-the-Bell Monday

{Wherein we share what books we have read in the past week.}

&

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

{Wherein we share the titles we are currently reading.}

Ring-the-Bell Monday

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This week I read:

Kadir Nelson has both illustrated and authored and illustrated a number of non-fiction and historical fiction books now. Earlier this year we read A Nation’s Hope–The Story of Joe Louis and Henry’s Freedom BoxWe Are the Ship has been floating around the classroom all year.

In Heart and Soul, Nelson uses a fictional character to tell the broad arc of black history in the United States.  This unnamed woman starts her tale with African Americans’ involvement in the Revolutionary War, goes through slavery and the Civil War, and moves on to the great migration to the North. She tells how African Americans were involved in the World Wars, and then how brave black individuals and groups tried to break the color barriers in sports, science, schools, and much more. A wonderful, eye-opening, inspiring book.

Here is another video you may find interesting and helpful.

 

How many books have my classes read?


Class A

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Class B

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Class C:



[Check out the home of “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading”: Teach Mentor Texts — and the spin-off: Sharpreads]

This week, I am reading:

[As a read aloud to my daughters. They are loving it.]

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Crow by Barbara Wright is an historical fiction book about sixth-grader Moses Thompson and the racial tension in Wilmington, North Carolina, in 1898. I can tell something bad is brewing…

What are the REST of you reading?

5.7 Ring-the-Bell Monday & It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

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

Ring-the-Bell Monday

{Wherein we share what books we have read in the past week.}

&

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

{Wherein we share the titles we are currently reading.}

Ring-the-Bell Monday

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This week I read:

I know I already posted about Boy + Bot, but our class had so much fun with it–and author Ame Dyckman was awesomely responsive–I thought it was worth a reprise here.

Ms. Dyckman immediately sent us stickers and bookmarks…

…and this great letter.

 For a change of pace, instead of sharing a book I read, I’m sharing a book I abandoned. WHY? Because I want my students to see that every book is not for every person. I rarely abandon books, but there are times when a book isn’t working for me and I need to realize it as quickly as I can so I can move on to a book that does work.

Even though Code Name Verity came recommended–and because it was recommended I gave it more of a chance than usual–I finally go to the point where I was ready to put it aside and move on.

Here is part of the conversation I had with @HannahlilyS:

Have you ever abandoned a book?

Here is how many books my classes have read:

Class A

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Class B

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Class C:

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[Check out the home of “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading”: Teach Mentor Texts — and the spin-off: Sharpreads]

This week, I am reading:

This book by the author of the Newbery medal winning When You Reach Me is due out on October 7.

What are the REST of you reading?

4.30 Ring-the-Bell Monday & It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

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

Ring-the-Bell Monday

{Wherein we share what books we have read in the past week.}

&

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

{Wherein we share the titles we are currently reading.}

Ring-the-Bell Monday

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This week I read:

(This book is slated for release in October)

Ashen Winter is the sequel to Ashfall which I read over Easter Vacation. They are both fast-paced, thrilling reads. The author imagines what would happen if the super volcano which is under Yellowstone National Park (for real) erupted. After the explosions and ash, there could possibly be a prolonged winter. These books follow Alex through his journeys and adventures. It is a harrowing tale, not for the weak of stomach. Due to mature content, I would not recommend this for 6th graders. But I look forward to my students reading it when they get older.

How many books did my students complete? (This will be updated throughout the day)

Class A

| | | | | | | | = 8

Class B

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Class C:

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[Check out the home of “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading”: Teach Mentor Texts — and the spin-off: Sharpreads]

This week, I am reading:

Code Name Verity

This book comes highly recommended. I’m having a bit of trouble getting into it, but based on the recommendations I’ve received, I’m going to push through the beginning.  Here is a review, if you’re interested.

What are the REST of you reading?