Read Like Chandler

“But we can’t live in the small apartment after we’ve lived here! Didn’t you ever read Flowers of Algernon?”

Chandler Bing, F.R.I.E.N.D.S

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.

The One Where I Read • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

This book rates five out of five. The story of friendship family, love and loss or major components of a book that can win the hearts of many young and old. Only forty years old, but I deem it a classic as it is timeless within its relatability in the past, present, and future.

The One With What I Read • The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl

I rate this book a three out of five stars. I am not enthusiastic of the overall plot against hunting. I am sure there are many families that disagree with such ideas. This would be a good book to place in a classroom library to be available to kids who wish to read a new idea, but I would do so with caution in our neighborhoods!

The One Where I Read • The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Alexander Kwame uses rhyme and rap to entice and engage the reader. The poems in this collection are medium in length, entertaining and speak to children in a way they are likely to relate. Most of the passages in The Crossover are about events that can
happen in a child’s life; such as relationships with friends and family, basketball action on the court, middle school, race, sickness, and death.

The One Where I Explain Why I Want to Teach Literature

I have always had an answer, for why I want to be a teacher, but I have never considered the why behind teaching English and literature. I mean, I know that I want to to teach English, as I have a passion for reading and writing. But why?

The One with the 6th Grade ELA Conceptual Unit on Character Analysis & Character Building

Character, a dual purpose conceptual unit addressing student abilities to analyze characters of a novel; as well as, build their own individual characters. The first year of middle school, is an appropriate time to discover each of these skills; developing a greater understanding of the literary concept of character and creating a deeper understanding of one’s own self.

The One Where I Choose to Inspire the Love of Reading

Pernille Ripp states in Passionate Readers, “We must take responsibility for the year that we have with our students… to inspire the love of reading.”
No pressure, right? But, the responsibility of pursing any act of teaching seems impossible if you think about it. We must remember that this “change (or maintenance) of a reading life starts with us but ends with them” (Ripp). We can only do so much but we must DO SOMETHING.

The One Where I Am a Reader (again)

It started great, I was introduced to books at an early age and have many lovely childhood memories surrounded by them: sitting on the lap of my mother, laying on the floor with my father and his ginormous feather pillow (was it really that big or was I really small), visiting the library gathering them or listening to the librarians weekly read aloud just to name a few. With all of the enriching opportunities within my early childhood I was able to read before I entered Kindergarten.

The One With the Book Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson

In this timely published masterpiece, Jacqueline Woodson models how to create a harbor in our homes, in our classrooms, and in our community. She provides a recipe for creating a culture in which our children, students, and citizens so desperately need right now.

The One Where I Book Tok Invisible Emmie by Teri Libenson

A relatable read with a message to be true to yourself, that I am looking forward to sharing with my middle schoolers. I love how the artwork made the story come to life. Adding Positively Izzy, Just Jaime, and Becoming Brianna to my TBR list.

The One Where I Read The Crow Call by Lois Lowry

Crow Call by Lois Lowry is an autobiographical story based on a day in Lois’ life with her father. This book felt very real, the reader feels her sense of longing and reaches for the connection with her. This is a beautiful picture book that can be read to students of all ages.

The One With the Book All Eyes on Alexandra by Anne Levine

All Eyes on Alexandra shares an important lesson on family. Although Alexandra maybe be difficult and may not do things like the rest of the family, she has her strengths and uniqueness that makes her different her brothers, sisters, and cousins. While some may be caught off guard by her differences, I think things go best when the family allows her to be herself.

The One Where I Find My Forward

In my reading, A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit, Nikki Koziarz writes ” We need stuff to look forward to. When life gets into the rut-cycle and we are just doing the same things over and over, it’s easy to want to give up on pursuing more. Whether you are the setting mini-goals type person or you need a reward to look forward to, set it! Mark it on the calendar! Do what you have to do to get there (2016).” What do you look forward to doing in your life? Can you set up mini sessions to help you meet your goal and choose to not give up?

The One Where I Read From the Heart of Africa

Each of the aphorisms shared in this collection are paired with an exquisite picture, its origin, and its meaning. Instead of reading all of the aphorisms at one time, I would share one at a time. Whether you share one a day or one a week is up to you; I think I will share one daily during a Geography unit on Africa.

The One Where I Begin Learning to Shush the Negative

I believe, that when we are courageous, create a plan, and follow through we will be known as determined, and the negatives will be silenced. This process may have to occur more than one time and the negative voices may never stop as we continue to take on more risks and follow our hearts desire.

The One With the Book Jazz Jennings, I Am Jazz

Books are to be mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors in our students lives. A mirror when they are able to see themselves, a window so they can see others around them, and sliding glass doors so they can learn about those outside of their current world. I am Jazz is a simple picture book of acceptance and the art of being yourself.

The One With Jacqueline Woodson’s Book The Day You Begin

As educators, what an incredible opportunity we have within the first days of school to share this message to our students to help them share their differences with their classmates. When we have courage to introduce who we really are and are kind in accepting those who are different from us; we may find commonalities to make our classrooms a safe place that we look forward to returning to everyday.

The One With Alexandra Penfold’s All Are Welcome

I held back tears the first time I read All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold aloud to my family. I knew immediately that this book needed to be shared with everyone of my students during the first weeks of school. Every year, I need to establish from the very beginning that each individual child is welcome in my classroom. No matter what skin color you have, no matter what clothes you wear, no matter what higher power you believe in, no matter how much or how little money your family has, no matter what gender you are, no matter what _____________________ …

The One With the Book Readicide by Kelly Gallagher

This book provides REAL classroom solutions to this Readicide epidemic. He knows the issues that school districts and the common core presents to the everyday teacher and provides you with ways to meet standards and bring back the love of reading to your students.

The One With The Dot by Peter Reynolds

An incredible picture book of both self-worth and the power of a teacher who believes in their students. It begins with a upset child at a desk with an empty page.

The One With Dusti Bowling’s Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

This is definitely going to be added to my classroom library. As we see more and more anti-bullying campaigns enter our secondary schools, I feel the current overwhelming need for teaching compassion and the acceptance of differences; Dusti Bowling is right on the mark with this one. Easy to read, engaging, heartwarming, and full of compassion. A lesson of friendship, acceptance, encouragement, and appreciation; allowing for a genuine open discussion at it’s completion.

The One Where I Read Refugee by Alan Gratz

This book is a must read for ALL children and adults to gain knowledge of past refugee stories and empathy for current ones. I was brought to tears many times as I related these historical events to modern times. It was eerie to see the many similarities and I became frustrated with how we are not learning from the mistakes of our past! The purpose in studying history is to make better decisions in the present. Yet, here we are with news of those seeking asylum at the United States border being tear gassed and refused of assistance. We must ask ourselves, why does this horrifying cycle continue to go on?

The One Where I Read How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman

In this fictional picture book, How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, Marjorie Priceman takes you on a world-wide adventure in order to make an exquisite apple pie. In the story, a girl wants to make an apple pie. Easy, go down to the market with your recipe and pick up the items needed. But, what if the market is closed? You pack a suitcase and begin your traveling on board a boat to Europe with your shopping list and pick up the items necessary, of course! Stopping in Italy, France, Sri Lanka, England, Jamaica, and Vermont as they will provide the best ingredients.