I teach in an innovation school where children are encouraged to problem solve and think analytically. My students love to use their imaginations, to ask questions, to create, to evaluate, and to explore their own questions and ideas.
They are a gregarious group of students that thrive when allowed to discuss ideas and content and to problem solve and design with their peers.
I find they are fully engaged and captivated participants in my read alouds with quality literature. They are avid readers and we are always sharing and talking about great books we are immersed in.
Reading excerpts of books in "Reading Street" does not satisfy the literature loving souls of my students. They love to be taken on wild adventures through their imaginations ignited by vivid words and descriptions found on the pages of good books.
Our fourth graders need these novels because we are implementing an innovative reading curriculum entitled Wit and Wisdom. I want to enrich the lives of my fourth graders through exposure and study of rich literature, rather than just reading "selections" from a basal reader. The tagline for Wit and Wisdom is "books, not basals," which speaks to me as a teacher and lover of books, a passion I want to share with my fourth graders. Through reading the book "Love That Dog" by Sharon Creech in and exploring the non-fiction book "Circulatory Story" I feel confident that I will be better able to incorporate engaging, rigorous and challenging lessons that inspire my students to think critically in authentic and meaningful tasks that utilize essential skills to improve students' achievement in reading and writing.
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