Last year, I had a lot of students reading The Warriors series, and its offshoots, but not so much this year. It’s funny how those trends come and go. I do have a group of students who are devouring other animal/character novels, however. Here, this student read Lone Wolf and seemed to enjoy it. Me? I look at the cover and think only of Jack London.
Peace (in the wild),
This book project is from one of my more avid readers — you know, the one who can’t get enough books in a week and the one where now I feel as if I am running out of books to put into her hands — and she and I often talk about the books she is reading. I like that she is a critical reader. She’s not afraid to tell it like it is. And her interests in various genres is far-ranging. Even so, I was surprised to see her reading Palace of Mirrors, since the whole “princess” genre does not seem like something she would be interested in. It turns out, it was the mystery of the plot that hooked her.
Peace (in the mirror),
I was never a huge fan of Bruce Coville, so I can’t comment much on this book choice by one of my boys. I suspect he liked it only because he had to have some reading book and because the word “skull” was in the title. This student is one of those tricky ones — given a real choice, he would not read … at all. But his digital poster shows some thinking about what he was reading, anyway. I suspect he wanted something a little better.
Peace (in the skull),
This is part of a series of posts in which I am showcasing some digital poster projects that my sixth graders did for their independent reading project. This book is one I never heard of before. It is called Once Upon a Marigold. Take a look:
Peace (in the archetype of love),
This is another in a series of projects done around independent reading. You know, Mike Lupica has done more to get my sporty boys reading than any other authors (except maybe Rick Riordan), and I was happy to see this student immersed in this novel about a sport he loves to play. The book is The Underdogs.
Peace (on the field),
I’ve seen some students walking around with School of Fear (and thought, to myself, with that demented teacher voice, how appropriate … heheheh) and you can’t help but think, here is a book where the cover certainly attracts your eye. All the students who have read it have said they really liked it, so I’ll put it on my future reading list, too. This student worked hard on her digital poster project, and struggled a bit with what to say. In the end, she did fine, though.
Peace (in the school of no-fear),
I have to admit: when a student came into our independent reading unit with this book by David Sedaris (ironically, the ONLY book by Sedaris that I have not read), I was more than a little surprised. A sixth grader … reading Sedaris? But I only reserve my “no way” for books that really don’t belong in the hands of an 11 year old, so if she was game — why not? What I like is that she was a pretty critical reader of the stories in the collection. See her digital poster on Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk.
Peace (with the funny stuff),
I love when I get kids hooked on Brian Selznick’s two masterful books: Wonderstruck and Hugo Cabret. Here, this student devoured the story and then proceeded to do a wonderful job on his digital poster for The Invention of Hugo Cabret. This is part of a series of showcased projects that students have done on their independent reading books.
Peace (in the invented mind),
This is part of a series of digital poster projects done by my students around their choice independent reading books. You may be sick of reading about The Hunger Games, but I still have a lot of students who are devouring the whole series.
Peace (in the peace),
We are just finishing up an independent book project using Glogster, and as I did last year, I am going to feature a bunch of student projects over the coming days to show how using the digital poster site can engage readers and also, provide the classroom with recommendations for books to read (which is the main reason that we do poster projects, anyway, and with Glogster, I am archiving the book recommendations for each following year.)
Today’s featured glog is about Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick.
Peace (in the poster),