10.15 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #TheDarkestPath #WarBrothers

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?

20120117-111701.jpg 20120819-185816.jpg

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.}

20121202-215616.jpg

A high-energy, edge-of-the-seat story filled with battles, narrow escapes, and constant questions about whom to trust and where loyalties should lie. If you want a shot of adrenaline, I’d recommend this book. Here is the IndieBound summary:
Since he was captured by the Glorious Path, a militant religion based on the teachings of a former U.S. soldier, 15-year-old Cal has served the Path in its brutal war with the remains of the United States government. Cal has tried to survive and protect his younger brother, but when he kills an officer to protect a stray dog, Cal is forced to run.
Jeff Hirsch is a fellow New Yorker. Cal, the main character, is striving to return to the Finger Lakes and the town of Ithaca, located on Lake Cayuga. It’s a beautiful area.
•     •     •
This was a terribly tragic book—I shared a little bit with my students but hesitated to go further due to the violence. The recommendation is for ages 14 and older. Where do we as teachers draw the line between knowing that our students need to be aware of what happens around the world and not wanting to steal their innocence?
There is hope and redemption, but the book asks a couple thought-provoking questions:
“Where does the victim end and the criminal begin? Whom do we punish? Who is accountable?  What happens when the child becomes an adult and continues his or her path of destruction?
I would use this book to teach story structure—how the author starts with a high-energy action scene, then backs up to the beginning to give the background before eventually picking back up with the original action. Nicely done.
War Brothers reminded me of this book, which I read a couple years ago:
§
What were PARENTS reading last week? Let’s check it out. I think some parents commented here, too…(Thank you, commenters, for contributing to our book awareness.)
§
[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:
15 books
My C Class has read:
25 books
20121202-215626.jpg
and probably
Screen Shot 2013-01-15 at 9.39.48 PM
Some possibilities:

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

[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.]
Thanks,
David Etkin
Advertisements

10.7 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #SevenStoriesUp

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?

20120117-111701.jpg 20120819-185816.jpg

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.}

20121202-215616.jpg

9780375869174
§
What were PARENTS reading last week? Let’s check it out. (Thank you, commenters, for contributing to our book awareness.)
§
[Check back throughout the day for updates of my students’ reading.]
This past week, my A Class has read:
25 books
My B Class has read:
15 books
My C Class has read:
15 books
20121202-215626.jpg
We had a nice discussion about abandoning books today. If it takes more than a day or two to decide to abandon a book, that’s too long. This book took me too long to decide—but yes, I’m abandoning it.
Screen Shot 2013-01-15 at 9.39.48 PM
Some possibilities:
Mr. Peterson Likes these two:

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

[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.]
Thanks,
David Etkin

9.30 It’s Monday! What are you reading?

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?

20120117-111701.jpg 20120819-185816.jpg

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.}

20121202-215616.jpg

Ummmm… It was a busy week with getting ready for open house. I’m still reading a “fatty” and started a new book, as you will see below. I hope to Ring the Bell next week.
§
What were PARENTS reading last week? Let’s check it out. (Thank you, commenters, for contributing to our book awareness.)
§
[Check back throughout the day for updates of my students’ reading.]
This past week, my A Class has read:
13 books
My B Class has read:
15 books
My C Class has read:
17 books
20121202-215626.jpg
STILL reading this fatty…
9780375869174
This was added to my Currently Reading list because I needed a book to read on my iPad at night when I wake up and can’t sleep. I love the iPad for that. Enjoying this so far.
Screen Shot 2013-01-15 at 9.39.48 PM
Some possibilities:

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

[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.]
Thanks,
David Etkin

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?

20120117-111701.jpg 20120819-185816.jpg

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.}

20121202-215616.jpg

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
20121202-215626.jpg
Finally ready to wrap up this series. Man is this THICK!
Screen Shot 2013-01-15 at 9.39.48 PM
9780375869174
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
Thumbnail_large
Click the picture below for B Class SpinCam
Thumbnail_large
Click the picture below for C Class SpinCam
Thumbnail_large

[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.]
Thanks,
David Etkin