What are you reading this summer?

While looking for books to add to my YA (Young Adult) summer reading list, I came across this cleverly created book list. Choose a book, or ten and enjoy your summer. 95 Young Adult Books To Read This Summer Instead Of Reading ‘Harry Potter’ AGAIN Advertisements

Scene rewrite

The book is presented from the point of view of Charlie, although many other characters surround him. Choose a privotal scene that stands out to you, and rewrite it from the perspective of another character present. Although the actions should remain the same, you may bring up new details and descriptions that Charlie may have…

Poetry Notebook

This is a sample poetry notebook from a former student:     Love’s Facade Selected by dorikar Description If it wasn’t for love, the world wouldn’t technically exits. When I think about love, poetry comes to mind, same as when I think about poetry love comes to mind: passion, commitment,intimacy, and affection. But there’s something…

Literature Circle

Now that we have come to the end of part one in our reading, we are going to work in literature circles to delve deeper  into the text.   Literature Circle Meetings: You will meet with your group at least two times per week. During group meetings you will:  Come prepared.  Sit so everyone can…

Film Review

Write a movie review for The Secret Life of Bees. Use your filled out film analysis sheet to help you write a movie review. Analyze the extent to which the film production of the story stays faithful to or departs from the text. You must also evaluate the choices made by the director and actors.

Vacation Reading

I hope that you are all enjoying your holiday. Some of you have emailed me about other books that you are reading and bookstores that you have visited, and I am delighted to see that you are pursuing literate lives. I just reread Malcolm Gladwell’s What The Dog Saw: And Other Adventures. The book is…

We Learned About the Birds and Now the Bees…

  The Secret Life of Bee is one of my all time favorite books. I remember the first time I read it: the way I lingered on the words, the way I became engrossed by the setting, the way I felt at home with the characters.  I hope that it has the same affect on…