My students need 35 copies, a class set, of "The Great Cheese Conspiracy" to read and study as a literature unit.
Textbook stories are boring! The Great Cheese Conspiracy is a novel that is full of colorful characters, loaded with figurative language, has a twisting and turning plot, and excitement throughout. As students read and study this novel, they will be engaged in learning and motivated to read more.
My students are a great group of kids who come from hard-working middle class homes.
They attend a school that continually scores in the top 3 in a district of 17,000 students. My desire is for each child to reach his/her full potential and to challenge them in creative and engaging ways. These kids need to be challenged by going beyond the normal Reading curriculum, and being immersed in novels that are exciting, challenging, and engaging!
By providing a class set of The Great Cheese Conspiracy, each of my students will have their own copy to read in class as we read through and study the novel. Because of the content of the novel and the way the novel is written, students will be learning about making inferences, the use of figurative language, the use of imagery, plot development, and character analysis. These skills allow students to enjoy reading AND to have increased comprehension. Reading skills are so important for the success of students as they continue along their educational path. Reading The Great Cheese Conspiracy also meets many of the new Common Core State Standards in Language Arts.
What could be more important than developing a love of reading in students?
By engaging students in challenging and exciting novels, they will develop the skills needed to be successful life-long readers, a skill needed in our society that is immersed in the "Information Age!"
Because these books are school and library bound, other 5th grade classes and classes in subsequent years will be able to enjoy this novel, increasing the impact on students.
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