I've been plugging through some of my #mustreadin2015 books. Participants are updating their list this Wednesday. Check back and see what I've checked off. Have you been meeting your reading goals? We ask students all the time to set goals and reflect on them. But what about us? What are your goals? What do you want to achieve as a reader? I'll be talking about mine this Wednesday, check back then!
Here's my reading for this week:
One Word From Sophia by Jim Averbeck
Every once in awhile, the perfect mentor text for writing comes about. This is one! Do you find yourself teaching persuasive or opinion writing? Then you'll want to use this at the beginning of your unit. Sophia needs to convince members of her family to get her an outrageous birthday present. She goes about it the right way - she tries to persuade each person based upon their occupations - she researches her target and approaches them in a way best to persuade them of her goals.
I Yam a Donkey by Cece Bell
Such a fun fun read aloud. Especially if you use an Eddie-Murphy-as-Donkey voice. Just saying.
Duncan the Story Dragon by Amanda Driscoll
This book reminded me of the beginning of a book club. Would be fun to share with students to introduce them to book clubs!
Fun interview from Mr. Schu with Amanda Driscoll here
Rules by Cynthia Lord
You haven't read that book yet??? Yes, I've heard that a few times.
I knew I would probably love it, but there was always something getting in the way.
I finally got to it, and yes, I loved it. But not because it was an amazing story, but because I saw me in the book.
It's enough that I will be writing a separate post about this book. Not for a little while because I want to read this book with my daughter first.
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
I am 100% in the minority with this book. I expected to have immense book love for this book, but it just didn't happen. The first 2/3 of the story didn't have me interested at all. I'm not sure why. I have learned that YA can be iffy for me. I either love them or I am completely disinterested. Usually it's the way characters talk to each other. Sometimes YA books have characters talk in this philosophical way. This one wasn't like that, so I'm not sure what my problem was. Maybe it just wasn't the right time for me and this book. However, I enjoyed the last 1/3 of the book. The way Nelson brings all of the strands of the story together, had me finally involved in the story.
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
Another one from my #mustreadin2015 list! Trying to finish it by Wednesday.
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer
What are you reading next?