Book clubs are one of my favorite things as a teacher. There is something invigorating about having students sprawled all around the classroom, books propped up willy-nilly, and that silence when a group is sucked into the story. Don’t get … Continue reading →
In February, students engaged with a new style of reading; book clubs run by students.
After a month of participating in weekly jobs, discussions, and independent reading; the first projects were created. With over 8 project choices, the results are incredible. The most popular by far was a project called “Packing It Up”. See below for photos of the tiny suitcases packed with myriad character related items. Not only are they inventive, the students show a complex understanding of the character they analyzed. I am always humbled and proud of the variety of risks my students are willing to take.
Students sewed wardrobes, manufactured tracheostomy tubes, built tiny jellyfish, and even baked cookies to show off their character, setting, and theme analysis.
Comic Strip artist, Jackson, shared this about the project: “The thing I liked about the book projects we made was the spectacular experience of creating the project and brainstorming it to create a marvelous project that represents us.”
This week, students are starting a final group project collaboration and will present each result to the class. Stay tuned for more amazing, engaging reading!
February Book Club Discussion #1 After a week of exploring titles, finding a book, joining a group, and designing a club flag, students held the first Book Club discussion. While talking to each other is natural, and at times, noisy: … Continue reading →
Read all the way down this post to see our mixtape! The instructions in the image were a part of our unit on rhetoric and persuasion. Students learned about Aristotle’s rhetorical elements: ethos, logos, and pathos. We analyzed advertisements in … Continue reading →
What will 2021 be like? After 9 months of virus, fear, chaos, and politics, I am wondering what our experiences in the new year hold. The image above captured former student’s 1-Word Resolutions for 2020. As I look at their … Continue reading →
Summer is almost complete. How was yours? Did you travel, adventure outdoors, see friends and family? Or did you stay close to home trying to wait-out the COVID virus ravaging our state? I stayed close to home with my family, … Continue reading →
And with a reverse parade and a teacher shared whimper of loss, the school year ended. You would have thought we were gearing up for a concert or a sporting event the way we made signs, burbled with excitement, and … Continue reading →
Teaching poetry is one of my favorite units every year. When I begin the poetry unit many students roll their eyes and fling their hands in the air while groaning. It is a very dramatic beginning and inside I am … Continue reading →
The days are still 40 tiny plastic baby figures of funny/odd too, but I have encountered so many high points. Yesterday, I reached out to my students and heard back from many families about how they are spending time together … Continue reading →
The recent closures of schools, businesses, and the expectations of social distancing are everywhere right now. To many, this leads to questions of what do I do now? Today, I chose to notice what is around me and to write … Continue reading →