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How 8th graders prefer to annotate text 3 1/2 weeks before the end of the school year

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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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