I have been spending a lot of time blog hopping. I have found so many useful resources from fellow teacher bloggers. I am excited to use some of their insightful ideas in my classroom and on my blog. One of the blogging practices that I enjoy is when people write about what they are reading. One resource that bloggers often use is a widget connected to goodreads.com, and I plan on looking into that in more detail. However, for the time being I will write about my current books in a traditional blog post.
1. The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White. One of the most important books that I am reading right now, as I am teaching it. My seventh graders are currently reading this medieval inspired selection. They are having trouble getting through it, but some are really enjoying the challenge. I have found that they understand it a lot better when listening to the audiobook. Unfortunately, it is not available online in audio and I don't want to spend extensive class time listening to a book. I also started the book a little late in the year, and we are going to need about a chapter a day in order to finish it with a week remaining until finals.
Any thoughts on how to provide audiobooks for student listening at home? I was thinking for short stories I could personally record them, but that wouldn't work for full length novels.
2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. What an amazing books, and I think the 8th graders are finally getting into it. In the heart of the trial, students are reading Tom Robinson's testimony (ch 19) as I type...if they're doing their homework ; ) While it took a long time for students to get into this book, I think they are finally hooked. At least I hope so! Audiobook bonus- someone uploaded the entire book to youtube.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7iZzmiBAEI
3. A personal choice- Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth. Recommended by a group of my avid readers, I am totally into this dystopian trilogy. The third book won't be out until October, I think. On another note, I do think that there is too much "love" in this teenage book. I don't mind it as an adult, but I don't really like it for my school kiddos. Check out the author's website: http://veronicarothbooks.blogspot.com/
4. A book club choice-Yellow Raft in Blue Water by Michale Dorris. I haven't started this one yet. It has to be read for book club by May 24th, so I better get cracking. It looks really good, and bonus, it is on overdrive as an audiobook. I have a commute of an hour and a half a day so audiobooks are my savior.
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