I decided on this week’s Feature Shelf when I was thinking about Mexican Whiteboy last week.
Archives | Podcast RSS | Podcast iTunes Now that we’re back on track after I was out of town for a weekend, here’s Feature Shelf #36. Dead Ends by Erin Jade Lange http://bit.ly/ejl-dead-ends Period 8 by Chris Crutcher http://bit.ly/cc-period8 The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson http://bit.ly/lha-memory Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse … More Feature Shelf #36: The Edgy Books Edition
This week’s video from the White Space takes on the statement I’ve heard more than once: Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson, is pornography. I disagree vehemently, and set out to prove it. You’ll find the links that I mention below the video. Yes, I did choose that shirt on purpose. I know it’s from a … More Is SPEAK Pornography?
The science lover in me (I originally went to school to be a pharmacist, not a reading teacher) loved how Anderson wove the scientific concepts into this book. In school, my two favorite sciences were chemistry and physics. I don’t know why I liked chemistry so much, possibly curiosity — mix two chemicals together and see … More Book Preview: Catalyst
Twisted is one of those novels where I had a student three days in a row, while reading it come back and say how awesome it was. So naturally, I had to tweet Laurie Halse Anderson and tell her about it, not because I expected a reply, but because I think it’s important for authors … More Book Preview: Twisted
February was a pretty good month for me. I attribute all of the YA reading to small class sizes and daily full class SSR. I enjoy the opportunity to model enjoying reading for my students who may have never had that experience. So without further ado, the books I read in February.
Last night I sent a message to author Laurie Halse Anderson on Twitter that looked like this When I checked my twitter feed at lunch I had this waiting for me in my mentions Naturally, I had to share this with my student. She smiled so hard that I thought her face might break. I … More Laurie Halse Anderson made my student's day
> Last week was the first week of school, and the first time we’ve ever started on a Monday. In previous years, we started on Wednesday or Thursday–two or three days to get to know the students, then the weekend and Deming Duck Races, then we’d hit the ground running the next Monday. Everyone felt like … More >Rough Start
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson Published 2008 by Atheneum Hardcover, 316 pages; audiobook 7hrs 35mins Lexile: 780L Laurie Halse Anderson reading from Chains at the 2008 National Book Awards Finalists Reading I think I begin all commentary on historical fiction novels like this: I usually don’t like historical fiction. Maybe I should quit doing that. … More Book Preview: Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
>The last grading period this semester my students participated in book groups. They used Edmodo to converse with students in other classes and completed imaginative response projects as a way to respond to their reading. In my morning classes, many of the students finished their novels well before the end of the grading period. Because … More >I Must Be Doing Something Right