I am so happy to have decided which books we are going to read as a class this upcoming year!
Have you read any of these?
I just read The One and Only Ivan and oh my goodness! It is wonderful. It is an easy read that made me cry! If you haven't read it, you need to. It is a touching story. You can check out the author's website HERE. I think it will be a great way to build a community of readers and our confidence in reading chapter books.
R.J. Palacio has written a wonderful book. Wonder will touch your heart and make you look at things differently. I hope it will open up many discussions in my classroom.
Shredderman is just an entertaining book. I am a little unsure of the message it sends, but we will approach it in a light hearted way. I do like that it is the first book in a series. Hopefully a few of my students will want to read more. I think my boys will be interested in this one.
The Tiger Rising is a short book, but it deals with heavy stuff. The characters are 11-12 year olds that are dealing with the loss of parents. The boy has lost his mother to cancer and the girl has lost her dad to divorce. It is a quick read, but I want to talk about the deep themes and issues that are brought up with my students.
Among the Hidden is a suspenseful book that is also the first in a series. I love that the main character is a boy. So many of my boys only want to read Captain Underpants or nothing at all. I am hoping that this book might spark some interest.
The last book we will read as a class will be The City of Ember. We read this together at the end of the year this year and it coincided nicely with our electricity unit in science! My kids LOVED this book! They were asking to read it! It is what convinced me that we need to have read alouds all year long.
I am not going to be assigning projects or a thousand questions with each chapter. I want this to be a fun reading experience. We are going to enjoy books together! I will ask higher order thinking questions that (hopefully) will spark discussions. The kids will have the chance to discuss the book through Edmodo. I will post engaging questions, quotes, and my own thoughts for them to weigh in on. This can be done when they finish their work or outside of school!
What books do you read with your class?