The One with a Year in Reading: Skills & Strategies Assessments

Quarter 1 (Story 1-5)

  • Character, Setting, Plot: Sequence (Story 2)
  • Greek and Latin Prefixes/Roots (Story 3, Story 5)
  • Context Clues: Paragraph Clues (Story 2)
  • Character, Setting, Plot: Compare and Contrast (Story 1)
  • Main Idea and Key Details (Story 3, Story 4)
  • Metaphors and Similes (Story 4)


  • Highlight
  • Name It, Verb It, Big Picture (Story 3, Story 4)
  • Jot Dots (Story 3, Story 4)
  • Jot Dots to Sentences
  • Topic Sentence
  • Summary Paragraph

Quarter 2 (Story 6-10)

  • Personification (Story 9)
  • Greek and Latin Prefixes/Roots (Story 6, Story 7)
  • Text Structure: Compare and Contrast (Story 7)
  • Text Structure: Problem and Solution (Story 6)
  • Point of View (Story 8)

Semester One (Story 1-10)

  • Theme (Story 9)
  • Characters, Setting, Plot: Sequence (Story 2)
  • Personification (Story 9)
  • Characters, Setting, Plot: Compare and Contrast (Story 1)
  • Author’s Point of View (Story 5)
  • Main Idea and Key Details (Story 3, Story 4)
  • Context Clues: Paragraph Clues (Story 2)
  • Text Structure: Cause and Effect (Story 10)
  • Text Features: Headings (Expository, Story 7)
  • Greek and Latin Prefixes/ Roots (Story 3, Story 5, Story 6, Story 7)
  • Metaphors and Similes (Story 4)
  • Connotation and Denotation (Story 8)
  • Point of View (Story 8)

Quarter 3 (Story 11-16)

  • Text Features: Stage Directions and Scenes (Story 13)
  • Idioms (Story 12, Story 15)
  • Theme (Story 13, Story 14)
  • Author’s Point of View (Story 11, Story 12)
  • Context Clues: Paragraph Clues (Story 11)
  • Homographs (Story 14)

Quarter 4 (Story 17-21)

  • Adages (Story 18)
  • Hyperbole (Story 21)
  • Context Clues: Comparisons (Story 19)
  • Latin & Greek Roots (Story 17, Story 20)
  • Text Structure: Sequence (Story 20)
  • Text Structure: Cause and Effect (Story 18)
  • Main Idea & Key Details (Story 17)
  • Theme (Story 21)

Semester Two (Story 11-21)

  • Point of View (Story 15)
  • Character, Setting, Plot: Compare and Contrast (Story 1)
  • Context Clues: Paragraph Clues (Story 11)
  • Theme (Story 13, Story 14, Story 21)
  • Main Idea and Key Details (Story 17, Story 19)
  • Text Structure: Compare and Contrast (Story 7)
  • Author’s Point of View (Story 11)
  • Idioms (Story 12)
  • Context Clues: Comparisons (Story 19)
  • Character, Setting, Plot: Cause and Effect (Story 16)
  • Character, Setting, Plot: Sequence (Story 2)

The One With My Summer Reading List

As I am stuck with Wonders for the next school year, I have decided to incorporate the full size books from the snack size passages inside our Literature Anthology into my to be read over the summer.

  • Little Blog on the Prairie by Cathleen Davitt Bell
  • The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick
  • Journey into the Deep by Rebecca L. Johnson
  • Into the Volcano by Donna O’Meara
  • The Technology of Mesopotamia by Graham Faiella
  • Who Created Democracy by Connie Nordhielm Woolridge
  • Roman Diary by Richard Platt
  • Majestic by Jack huber
  • Maestro by Pat Mora
  • Years of Dust by Albert Marrin
  • Seeing Things His Own Way by Marty Kaminsky
  • The Case of the Magic Marker Mischief Maker: A Mickey Rangel Mystery by Rene Saldana
  • Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate
  • The Story of Salt by Mark Kurlansky
  • The Great Fire by Jim Murphy
  • Extreme Scientists by Donna M jackson
  • To You by Langston Hughes
  • Drumbeat by Carol Snow

In addition, I will be reading our whole class novels for the upcoming school year: Who’s That Stepping on Plymouth Rock? by Jean Fritz, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (Abridged) as well as those from the Reese’s Book Club & Reese YA Book Club

Until next time,

The One With Reese’s Book Club YA Picks

Reese Witherspoon began her YA Book Club in August of 2020. Here is a growing list of YA picks to add to your to be read (TBR) pile


August ⚫ You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
September ⚫ Furia by Yamile Saied Mendez
October ⚫ Fable by Adrienne Young
November ⚫ A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey
December ⚫ The Light in Hidden Places by Sharon Cameron


Winter ⚫ You Have A Match by Emma Lord
Spring ⚫ Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
Summer ⚫ Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean
Late Summer ⚫ The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
Fall ⚫ Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood


Winter ⚫ Anatomy by Dana Schwartz
Spring Announcing Soon!

The One With Reese’s Book Club Picks

Reese Witherspoon began her book club in June of 2017. Here is a growing list of picks to add to your to be read (TBR) pile.


June ⚫ Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman
July ⚫ The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
August ⚫ The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
September ⚫ Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
October ⚫ The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
November ⚫ This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
December ⚫ The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine


January ⚫ Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown
February ⚫ The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
March ⚫ Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kour Jaswai
April ⚫ Happiness by Heather Harpham
May ⚫ You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld
June ⚫ Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman
July ⚫ Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleetan
August ⚫ Still Lives by Maria Hummel
September ⚫ Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
October ⚫ This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel
November ⚫ The Other Woman by Sandie Jones
December ⚫ One Day in December by Josie Silver


January ⚫ The Library Book by Susan Orlean
February ⚫ The Proposal by jasmine Guillory
March ⚫ Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
April. ⚫ The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo
May ⚫ From Scratch by Tembi Locke
June ⚫ The Cactus by Sarah Haywood
July ⚫ Whisper Network by Chandler Baker
August ⚫ The Last House Guest by Megan Mranda
September ⚫ The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott
October ⚫ Fair Play by Eve Rodsky
November ⚫ The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes
December ⚫ Conviction by Denise Mina


January ⚫ Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
February ⚫ The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister
March ⚫ The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward
April. ⚫ Untamed by Glennon Doyle
May ⚫ The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi
June ⚫ The Guest List by Lucy Foley
July ⚫ A World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
August ⚫ Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat
September ⚫ The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim
October ⚫ His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie
November ⚫ Group by Christine Tate
December ⚫ The Chicken Sisters by KJ Dell’Antonia


January ⚫ Outlawed by Anna North
February ⚫ The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse
March ⚫ Infinite Country” by Patricia Engel
April. ⚫ Northern Spy by Flynn Berry
May ⚫ The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
June ⚫ Seven Days in June by Tia Williams
July ⚫ The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller
August ⚫ We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz
September ⚫ L.A. Weather: A Novel by María Amparo Escandón
October ⚫ Sankofa by Chibundu Onuzo
November ⚫ The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak
December ⚫ Lucky by Marissa Stapley


January ⚫ Honor by Thrity Umrigar
February ⚫ The Christie Affair by Nina de Gramont
March ⚫ The Club by Ellery Lloyd
April ⚫ TrueBiz by Sara Nović

The One With Overnight Black Eyed Peas, Magnolia Table Vol 2 p.176

Print Recipe

Source: Magnolia Table Vol 2
Course: Side Dishes

What You Will Need

  • Black Eyed Peas
  • Butter
  • Pork Shoulder
  • Yellow Onion
  • Garlic
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Chicken Broth
  • Stewed Tomatoes
  • Green Chilies
  • Bay Leaves
  • Salt
  • Apple Cider Vinegar

What You Will Need To Do

  1. Follow directions on page 176, Magnolia Table Vol 2

The Jeanie Jo & Joanna Project Recipe 3 of 312.

This recipe reminds me of Beans and Ham-hocks except these were not tasteless, this was surprisingly delicious and a perfect pairing with the cornbread as mentioned in the cookbook.

I will note that I soaked these beans over night and found they did not need the full 3 hours of cooking as stated. I checked them each time I stirred to ensure they would not become too soft.

I recently read about the history of Black Eyed Peas and how it became tradition to eat them on New Years Day for good luck. So I was ecstatic to find a recipe which included these beans to serve on this holiday. This will be a new January 1st tradition in our family.

My husband gave them a four (because of the pork shoulder) 🌻🌻🌻🌻

My daughter not being a big meat eater also gave it a four (because I gave dad most of the pork) 🌻🌻🌻🌻

I give it a five for its simplicity and fond memories of my childhood. 🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻

Cooking through Magnolia Table Cookbook Vol 1 & 2, Until next time ….

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