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It’s Monday…err, Tuesday…what are you reading?

Good morning! Every Monday, there is a group of bloggers who blog about “It’s Monday, What are you reading?” (IMWAYR). It was started by Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee at Unleashing Readers. This year, I had my students, on padlet, share what they were reading, as well. They loved it! They learned about new books to read, shared books with one another, and helped out fellw reviewers by reminding them to reread what they wrote. Thanks to Megan for sharing this idea on her blog: read it HERE.  My class even collaborated on an IMWAYR on padlet with Megan’s students, as well as other students from the Midwest and Canada! That was a blast!

So today, even though I am a day late, here’s what I am reading:

*Notice and Note:Strategies for Close Reading by Kylene Beers and Bob Probst. I have heard about this book for ages, but the close reading part in the title threw me off, I admit. We’ve had a lot of PD in my district on close reading, and I have binders full of resources. I didn’t think I needed another book on close reading. This isn’t really the type of close reading that we’ve been doing, though (you know, the three reads on a nonfiction text). This book introduces 6 “signposts” readers can look for in texts to help them understand the text better and make deeper inferences about their books. I love it!  I plan to introduce this right away in the fall. The book is so teacher friendly, too, as they share actual lessons and resources. If you want to help with comprehension in the classroom, this is a must buy book!

*Half Upon a Time by James Riley. This is my next summer book club with my students. It’s a cute read so far. It has the twisted fairy tale elements that have been so popular in books lately. I highly recommend Rump by Liesl Shurtliff if you want a fun twisted fairy tale book! My fourth graders loved this one.

*Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper is FANTASTIC!  I plan to read this one aloud this year (I have so many read alouds planned!!).What a great book to teach empathy to students. The main character Melody cannot walk or talk, but yet her mind is brilliant. She finally gets a chance to “speak” and surprises everyone. I am thinking I will have students reading Rules by Cynthia Lord along with this, as Rules is told from the perspective of a girl who has a handicapped brother. Another lunch time book club selection from this year that made the students think!

And what I plan to read next is:

*The Unstoppable Writing Teacher by Colleen Cruz. Just received this is in the mail a few days ago and can’t wait to dive in.
*The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Yes, I have not read this book yet…even though my class chose it as our “Book of the Year”…bad teacher…I am not a huge fantasy lover, but will read this before school starts!  I bought the graphic novel of this for students who needed more support.
What about you? What do you plan to read next?
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