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Monday Book Tally 9/24

Last week, I mentioned that I was almost done with Patrick Ness’s Monsters of Men. Well, I finished it this week. I have to say that I was a bit sad to finish this series. I’ve gotten to know Viola and Todd – and even Mayor Prentiss – so well over these three books that I’m going to miss them. That just goes to show you how great Ness is as a writer. There are powerful scenes from these books that have stayed with me – Manchee’s final scene, the end of The Knife of Never Letting Go (book #1), 1017’s final look at Todd as he flees New Prentisstown – and all of them deal with characters I grew to care about. Who are your favorite characters? Do you have any characters that you miss? Be sure to leave a comment and tell us about them!

This week, I also finished reading the short story prequel called “The New World” that Patrick Ness gave away for free. An amazing writer who gives a story to his fans for free… It doesn’t get much better than that!

So, what books did you finish this week? I can’t wait to hear about them!

Here’s our class tally:

Core 1: 12

Core 2: 9

Core 3: 18

Core 4: 15

And here are a few of the titles that we finished:

Nothing But the Truth by Avi

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Loser by Jerry Spinelli

Power of Six by Pittacus Lore

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Bone series by Jeff Smith

Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi

Bang! by Sharon Flake

Keep the titles coming! Check back next Monday to see what your classmates are reading…


Monday Book Tally 9/17

First book tally of the year!!!

I’m almost finished with Patrick Ness’s Monsters of Men – the final book in the Chaos Walking trilogy. Ness is quickly becoming one of my favorite YA writers.

I also read a very cool picture book about the life of Charles Darwin. It’s called The Tree of Life. It’s a very creative book that uses a multi-genre approach to storytelling – illustrations, bits of his journal, letters. If you like science or biographies and are looking for a unique and informative read, check this book out. It’s available in our class library.

Here’s our book tally for this week:

Core 1: 17

Core 2: 12

Core 3: 12

Core 4: 3

Here are a just s few of the books that we’re reading:

39 Clues series

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

The Secret of the Fortune Wookie by Tom Angleberger

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

Camp Wild by Pam Withers (Orca book)

Kicker by Michelle Martin Bossley (Orca Sports book)

Mango Shaped Space by Wendy Mass

Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Keep the titles coming!

Welcome Back!

I hope your summer was as nice as Trinket’s and Nelson’s!

What is a “workshop” classroom?

In a nutshell, a workshop classroom is an individualized approach to teaching and learning. While there are still daily whole-class lessons, much of the instruction is delivered in individual conferences and small groups.  You will spend most of the time in class doing the actual work of literacy – talking, reading, writing, and studying language. You will have to make many decisions for yourself in a workshop class. You are given individual responsibility over choosing your reading books and making writing decisions. This makes for a rigorous classroom where you will truly have an active role in your own education.

It is important for you to know that the most important thing you can bring to class is not a reading level or test score; it is a willingness to work and learn. There are no passengers in a workshop classroom!

How is the class graded?

40% – Writing

40% – Reading

20% – Habits / Effort

Being prepared for class:

You need to bring your independent reading book with you every day. Here’s what I’m reading right now:

You will need two composition notebooks: one for reading and one for writing. Here are mine:

You will also need two folders. These will stay in the room and hold important writing and reading artifacts.

Don’t forget the Team Endeavor expectations…

  • Have a Voice!
  • Be Involved!
  • Take Responsibility!
  • Pursue It… Own It!

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