Category Archives: Book discussions

Final Book Commercial

Every Friday, one to two students present a book commercial to the class.  The purpose of this assignment is to show their comprehension skills, work on their public speaking skills, and entice other readers to read new genres.  Students have … Continue reading

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Really Rockin’ Reflections on To Kill a Mockingbird

Link to Lily’s amazing concrete poem. The seventh and eighth graders recently finished reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  After spending the majority of the third nine weeks on this classic novel,  students turned in detailed notebooks and were assessed on the vocabulary … Continue reading

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Fun in February

Sixth Grade The sixth graders just finished the class novel The Watsons Go to Birmingham.  The vocabulary test will on Thursday, February 19.  The students are currently working on reflections from the book.  They will each write a 5-6 paragraph essay … Continue reading

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The End of January

We finished semicolons this week.  The entire middle school did really well on the assessment. Be sure to check out Headmaster on Monday to see your current grades. We will be learning about colons next week. The sixth graders are … Continue reading

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The Night of the Burning

Today was a fabulous day for our middle schoolers.  We had the unique opportunity to Skype with Linda Press Wulf, the author of the novel The Night of the Burning.  Last year Linda Wulf happened to read my classroom blog where the sixth … Continue reading

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Happy Hanukkah Wishes

We have been super busy finishing up all of our class novel studies.  This week will be hectic due to completing reflections and assessments, but it will allow for a nice relaxing winter break. The sixth graders will be finishing The Night … Continue reading

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Loving Literacy

We started our novel study on The Giver by Lois Lowry in sixth grade.  I absolutely LOVE teaching this book because of its rich vocabulary words.  We are only on chapter six, but on Friday, the students BEGGED for homework.  They wanted me to … Continue reading

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Sailing into September

Even though we had a short week, we still managed to get many things accomplished in class.  We started each class with our mentor sentences and continued to work on subjects, predicates, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, and prepositional phrases.  The majority of students … Continue reading

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Helpful Guidelines for Book Commercials

What is a book commercial? The purpose of a book commercial is to entice others to read the book you are sharing.  Think of it as a movie trailer for the book. You will create a 1-2 minute talk about a … Continue reading

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Book Commercials

When I ask my students how they find out about books they would like to read, they tell me that the main way they discover new books is from other readers’ recommendations. A book commercial – a short testimonial sharing a … Continue reading

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