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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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When is a book a book VII: BOOK

(from Popular Libros) BOOK: TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION Introducing the new Bio-Optic Organized Knowledge device, trade-named BOOK. BOOK is a revolutionary breakthrough in technology: no wires, no electric circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched on.  It’s so easy to use, … Continue reading

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When is a book a book IV: Going West

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This morning, I asked my guys in choral reading whether the experience was worth it. Had it affected them in any positive way to show up at school at 7:30 in the morning and sit down and read aloud, chorally … Continue reading

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All Quiet creative projects

We snuck into an empty music storage room where there was a piano so JG could play us the piece he had composed for the ending to All Quiet on the Western Front. He had gone halfway through it before … Continue reading

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Of Mice and Men and the Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club has been consistently meeting for almost three months now, all of us reading aloud together for about twenty minutes. We have read “Priscilla and the Wimps,” “The Most Dangerous Game,” Ender’s Game, and we just finished Of … Continue reading

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A different kind of turnover

The Breakfast Club has evolved into a group of boys. There was one girl I wanted to join but she has been very sick lately and absent a lot from school. Another girl is unable to make our early morning … Continue reading

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The Breakfast Club begins…

The Breakfast Club started today. Three of my six invitees showed. A fourth will be there tomorrow. The other two will join next week. A friend of mine, a writer, museum curator, and a retired school teacher (retired clown and … Continue reading

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