Category Archives: reading

Reading stack to begin 2015

I’m already 80 pages into Deep Down Dark and about 125 pages into Fragrant. I don’t usually read two books at the same time, but I am compelled.

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Fahrenheit stream of consciousness

When we read Fahrenheit 451, I have the students (8th grade) write a response to each of the parts, right after they have read it. I encourage them to let it be stream of consciousness about their reactions 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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Keeping her place in 451

A personally crafted book mark.  

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Reading outside

We went outside to read today. To read To Kill a Mockingbird. The weather was perfect, the story absorbing. There was no rush and, though outside, no major distractions. With a soft breeze blowing, most of us were quietly engaged … Continue reading

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Eighth graders annotate Fahrenheit 451

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From the mouths of babes

I get to school early. 6:30am. I leave from the north side of the city and need to travel all the way to Hyde Park, which is quite a trek. The reason for this early rising is that traffic is … Continue reading

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To read is to empower

This is the front of the card that a student gave me at the end of the school year. This card accompanied a notebook/ journal titled the Decomposition Book (100% Post-Consumer-Waste recycled pages, made using Bio-gas, processed Chlorine-free, printed with … Continue reading

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The best reading quiz answer I have ever received from a student

I love my job.

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The students absorbing tonight’s homework assignment

(Research topics have been chosen. Now the students are on their own to immerse themselves in their topics. HW= Homework and yes, as WA made very clear, the word “understand” is on the board twice…with good reason.) 

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