Category Archives: books

And more All Quiet creative projects

At the end of our reading of All Quiet on the Western Front, I ask my 8th graders to produce a creative response to the book. This can take any form: a play, a poem, an image, a piece of music. Today … Continue reading

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Browsing

I went to a haiku poetry reading yesterday by the winners of a city-wide haiku contest for students through middle school. One of my students won a third place and two others received honorable mentions. The reading was held at … Continue reading

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Found Books, Found Poetry

After the intense Constitution test a couple of weeks ago, and it being the last day before Thanksgiving break, I felt we as a class needed a little down time. (I know the students did too.) We went to the … Continue reading

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One star Amazon reviews for Fahrenheit 451

I’ve been trying to read some of the “modern classics” that I never got around to. Good thing this one was really short because it was a rambling, boring, snooze fest. While the premise of this story is an interesting … Continue reading

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What It Is

Each year, the 8th grade advisors get to select a book for each of their advisees which is given to them at their 8th grade graduation. This is always a daunting but satisfying task, figuring out which book to give … Continue reading

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A Restaurant for Books

I am in DC with 125 8th graders. One of our stops was at the Library of Congress. I was explaining to BN that it was a readers library for most people which meant that you ordered the manuscripts you wanted … Continue reading

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“Clue”

Jessica Oreck, documentary filmmaker and animal keeper at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, directed the animations of the etymologies of 26  words, one video for each of the letters of the alphabet. Each video took between 80 … Continue reading

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