Monthly Archives: March 2013

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (33)

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It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys where you can recap what you’ve read this week while planning ahead on what to read next! Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts added their own twist by focusing on kidlit, from picture books up to YA.

Clicking the covers will take you to the Goodreads page, where you can add it to your “To Read” list!

Last week I read:

MG/YA Books

We Were Here  The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee  (Origami Yoda #3)  Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky, #2)  Gone (Gone, #1)

We Were Here — Another great book by MdlP with HUGE student appeal.
The Secret of the Fortune Wookie — Another great installment of the Origami Yoda series. I was worried about “normal” Dwight!
Through the Ever Night — I can’t wait for book 3 so I can see more Aria and Perry! After hearing more of Roar and Liv’s story, I really want to read the Roar and Liv novella.
Gone — Lord of the Flies meets The Stand. I’m hoping once I book talk this my students will look past the length of the book and give it a chance!

This week I plan to read/continue:

Golden The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things  Quarantine: The Loners (Quarantine, #1)

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I can’t wait for this week of reading! What about you?

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Waiting on Wednesday (28) – Isla and the Happily Ever After

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Waiting on Wednesday in a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that lets us gush over books we just can’t WAIT to get our hands on!

I can’t wait for…

Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley

Isla and the Happily Ever After

From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new. (Goodreads summary)

 

This is one of my favorite contemporary series, and  I can’t wait to see how the series wraps up! I also love how we will get to see couples and stories from the previous two books come together once again.

Releases: September 27, 2013

Slice of Life 3/19: Community of Readers

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The Slice of Life Story Challenge (to write each day during the month of March) is hosted by the lovey ladies at Two Writing Teachers. They continue the Slice of Life series with postings each Tuesday throughout the year.

Monday was my day back to school after Spring Break. I decided that in each class I would book talk the books I read over break plus a couple of books I picked up at Barnes and Noble. I also wanted to find out what they had read over the break.

I saw one of my former students before school as he was walking to the library to return a book. I had loaned him Prodigy before break, so I asked him if he had finished. He replied, “Almost! I can’t believe we have to wait until next year for the next book! Did you read Gone?” I told him I hadn’t yet, but I planned to start it this week. He followed me to my room, saw my stack of books to booktalk, smiled and said, “Man! I need to come back and shop in this library!”

A little background for next part: My campus used to be somewhat open-concept. Now, our classrooms don’t have a 4th wall, and the walls don’t quite go up to the ceiling, so students can usually hear a bit of what’s taking place in next door rooms.

Well, my third period class has second period right next door to me, so when the bell rang to switch classes, they rushed inside with these comments:

  • “Miss! What book trailer were you just showing? Do we get to watch it?”
  • “Miss! It’s not fair that we’re in 3rd period for the waiting class because then we’re at the bottom of the list!”
  • “Did someone already check out that Yoda book? I want that one!”
  • “Miss! Roger said he gave you back Under the Bride, so can I get it? And I want Skate when he’s done!”

One of my students from 1st period had arrived late during 2nd period, and she came by to see if she could look through the books when she was done in her 3rd period class. She also had to update me on her progress through The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and make sure I had book 2.

When my students leave me, not all of them continue reading. Their teachers don’t provide them with books, don’t encourage reading, and don’t provide them with time to read in class. The teachers say that the students don’t/won’t read. But if you were to witness what took place during our return from Spring Break, you wouldn’t dare tell me that my students aren’t readers. To build readers we must encourage and nurture their reading. We must build a community where we can share our reading and celebrate books. To me, there is nothing better than having students rush to my room eager to talk books.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (32)

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It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys where you can recap what you’ve read this week while planning ahead on what to read next! Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts added their own twist by focusing on kidlit, from picture books up to YA.

Clicking the covers will take you to the Goodreads page, where you can add it to your “To Read” list!

Last week I read:

MG/YA Books

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (Origami Yoda #1)  The One and Only Ivan  The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave, #1)  Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)

Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy, #1)  Kindness for Weakness  Darth Paper Strikes Back (Origami Yoda #2)

I had such a great week of reading during Spring Break! It was a big teaser for the reading I plan to get done during the summer 🙂

This week I plan to read/continue:

We Were Here  Gone (Gone, #1)  The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things  

We have 3 days of practice state testing this week and are confined to rooms for 4 hours per test. If all of the students in my testing group finish early, I’ll be able to squeeze in extra reading this week!

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I can’t wait for this week of reading! What about you?

Slice of Life 3/16: Lazy Day

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The Slice of Life Story Challenge (to write each day during the month of March) is hosted by the lovey ladies at Two Writing Teachers. They continue the Slice of Life series with postings each Tuesday throughout the year.

Today (Saturday) has been the laziest day of my Spring Break. It’s 4:30, and we’re still in our PJs. The kids have played and watched Netflix. I’ve read, read with the kids, and watched NCAA basketball with my husband as he plays on his phone.

Are there other things we could (should) be doing? Sure. But every now and then, this is just what you need. I’m already tired thinking of how busy next Saturday will be. We will leave the house about 8:00 A.M. that morning and return about 8:00 P.M. Our day will be be filled with fun (my son’s opening day parade for youth baseball, a food truck festival, then my son’s opening day game)…it will just be busy.

So as we get up and get moving to head to a friend’s house to hang out, I’m thankful for this day where we could just be lazy 🙂

BookFlix Friday (10) – The One and Only Ivan

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BookFlix Friday is a meme started by David Etkin of {Eat the Book} where we post book trailers that we plan to share with our students to get them reading.

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

The One and Only Ivan

Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.

Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.

Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.

Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan’s unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope.(Goodreads summary)

Book Trailer

My Thoughts


I read The One and Only Ivan for the first time this week, and I was absolutely blown away. It is completely deserving of all of the awards and praise it has received! My librarian ordered a copy after I asked her to, and I can’t wait to share the trailer and the book with my students now that I’ve had a chance to read it!

Slice of Life 3/13: Spring Break

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The Slice of Life Story Challenge (to write each day during the month of March) is hosted by the lovey ladies at Two Writing Teachers. They continue the Slice of Life series with postings each Tuesday throughout the year.

“Only 30 more minutes until Spring Break! Then I don’t have to see this school or all these teachers for a whole week!” shouted one of the students in my 8th period class.

“Don’t worry, I don’t want to see you during Spring Break either!” I replied, smiling.

It always cracks me up when students are shocked that teachers look forward to Spring Break just as much as they do. Although, some of them think that we live at school and sleep at our desk (which magically turns into a cot), so they’re probably just shocked that we won’t be in the school!

I encouraged my students to take a break and have some fun. Read. Sleep. Relax.  We have practice state testing the week they get back, and real state testing the first week of April. I want my students back refreshed.

So I am enjoying my week of recharging. I’ve run errands. I’ve cleaned house. I’ve enjoyed the beautiful Texas weather and read outside on the porch. I’ve planned upcoming lessons and graded papers. I’ve chalked, scootered, and blown bubbles with my kids. Heck, I’ve even played school with my daughter (man, she’s a bossy teacher!), and today, my kids are in daycare and my husband and I are enjoying our 2nd annual Spring Break Date Day.

So when (if) you have a Spring Break, enjoy it. Recharge your batteries and have some fun. Don’t feel guilty that you’re not “working” because there’s more work to do when we get back!