Monday, March 20, 2006


My Reading Class

My current Reading class is a fantastic group of students! I am really excited to be working with them and am really looking forward to some of the things we will be doing. The crux of my Reading class is the combination of Silent Reading with tri-weekly Reading Response Journals. Students will learn to answer questions about what they are reading in the areas of summarizing, making connections, predicting, inferring, vocabulary, and evaluating. My eventual goal is to teach my students to self-question as they read about a variety of aspects of their literature.

We are going to be reading Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll starting this week. These books are absolutely fantastic and I am especially looking forward to teaching these little rascals how to play chess. Most peope have seen the Disney adaptation and thus never feel inclined to read Carroll's works ... quite a mistake!

At the moment, we are also reading American folktales about Paul Bunyan and Pecos Bill. We have previously looked at a Greek myth, that of Icarus's "fall from grace", and read a poem that connects with it.

I know that this blog is intended for book recommendations and I promise to get back to that. I just had to take a moment to write about what's going on in my Reading class.

By the way ... I'm looking for recommendations in the area of mythology, legends, or folktales.

Friday, March 17, 2006


My Reading Class's Recommendations

Recently, my Reading class made book review posters. Here are the books they recommended:

"Cut" by Patricia McCormick (Recommended by Erin)
"Dragons of a Fallen Sun" (Recommended by Tyler)
"Homeland" by R.A. Salvatore (Recommended by Ryan)
"The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" (Recommended by Rachel)
"A Time for Dancing" (Recommended by Madison)
"The da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown (Recommended by Katie)
"The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton (Recommended by Courtney)
"Angels and Demons" by Dan Brown (Recommended by Ezra)
"Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry (Recommended by Savannah)
"It Happened to Nancy" by Anonymous (Recommended by Angela)
"To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee (Recommended by Nicole)
"This Book Sucks" by Mike Judge (Recommended by Zac)
"Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" by Stephen King (Recommended by Mrs. Loud)
"Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH" by Robert C. O'Brien (Recommended by Zach and Steven)
"Captain Underpants" by Dav Pilkey (Recommended by Steven and Zach)
"Girl, Interrupted" by Susanna Kaysen (Recommended by Nichole)
"Full Metal Alchemist II" (Recommended by Kyle)
"My Sister's Keeper" by Jodi Picoult (Recommended by Emily)
"Are you There, God? It's Me, Margaret" by Judy Blume (Recommended by Kim)

Thursday, March 16, 2006


The Angry Hills by Leon Uris

One of my colleagues recommends The Angry Hills by Leon Uris. According to Jenni, she has shared this book with non-readers and they have become readers. I haven't read the book yet, but Jenni says check it out : )


List of Great Books

MRS. LOUD’S LIST OF GREAT BOOKS (in no particular order J )

1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
2. The Giver by Lois Lowry
3. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
4. Night by Elie Weisel
5. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
6. It by Stephen King
7. The Girl with the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts
8. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
9. Blu’s Hanging by Lois Ann Yamanaka
10. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell


Good Books

When I was in college, I had to read a text called You Gotta BE the Book by Jeffrey Wilhelm. As I read, I found myself nodding my head, thrilled to know that my own experiences as a reader weren't unique. I always thought that I was the only kid that actually got into trouble for reading a book.

Living vicariously through books is incredibly rewarding. Television has nothing on the human mind and the imagination that exists therein. We should all strive to BE the book.

Different people have different tastes in books. My book preferences are quite eclectic, although I do admit to being bored at times by some biographies, and the whole fantasy thing with dragons everywhere … I lose patience after awhile. If you are a fantasy freak or a biography buff, please send suggestions. Those will be my weaknesses.

Otherwise, I can’t wait to share the books that I love with you, and to share the books that some of you love. That way, we can all take steps toward BEING the book J !

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