My students work in a team-taught atmosphere and spend a ton of time together. We study Shakespeare (with costumes and props, the way it was meant to be read!), read a lot of books, and are working to become excellent writers.
The students in my classroom see themselves on a learning continuum that always has endless space for improvement.
We work on projects and discussions together often, and we love to collaborate and share our talents. Some highlights of our year include reading Macbeth, writing research papers, and preparing United Nations themed speeches about different countries in conflict.
My Novel Experiences class is designed to make readers out of students who don't identify as readers. The first week of class, we filled out interest inventories to figure out what kinds of things we might like to read about, and they included that all-important question: "What is the last book you remember liking?" Their answers ranged from "Captain Underpants" and "Black Beauty" to "The Hate U Give" and "The Berenstain Bears."
From these interest inventories, we went "shopping" on Amazon to choose books that might work for the readers we'd like to become, from "Queen of Nothing" to the biographies of LeBron James and Steph Curry and the illustrated "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." A huge part of our class is learning reading strategies during our "read aloud" portions and then practicing them, first with picture books, and later with books of our choice.
The books represented here will fulfill both of those needs.
I am excited for kids to be able to get their hands on these books that I am so sure will help them rediscover (or discover for the first time!) how wonderful reading can be!
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