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The 7th Grade Odyssey Awaits
Help me give my students these 70 novels so that they have access to them in the classroom and at home.
Welcome! I am excited to brag on all of my and my grade level/team's 165 students. These 7th graders are learning how to read historical documents, apply mathematics to real life situations, create science experiments while writing lab reports, arguing and debating social changes from the past to the present, and analyzing multiple genres of literature.
Seventh grade is a difficult year for children who are now becoming young adults.
Peer pressure and the changes involved with adolescence weigh heavily on their shoulders. Having things in common with all of their peers is important, even if it is limited to reading the same novel as everyone else. In this, the kids are able to have open and collegiate conversations with each other about something they have read that is not from a social media page.
Due to living in a rural area, many of these wonderful kids do not have the resources or access to this reading material outside of the school.
These hardback novels will last much longer than the paperback ones and be used mainly in the classroom, but they can be taken home by the students in order to complete readings not finished in class. This book will come into the curriculum during the Social Studies Greek mythology unit after the students have read Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan which is at a much lower reading level. As much fun as Percy Jackson is for them to read, the students also need a more challenging book to follow it up and this novel fits that ideal perfectly.
These books will also complement an excerpt written by Mary Pope Osborne found in our Literature textbooks as well as the original excerpt from Homer's version of The Odyssey.
Students will be able to use this epic retelling in order to analyze the original text as well as find allusions and make new connections to Percy Jackson and later to Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games.
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