Teach Mentor Texts participate in a meme called It's Monday! What Are You Reading? The meme comes from Shelia at Book Journey. I thought I write up my reading week and think about what's on the horizon for my students and me.
In the classroom, 11th graders are reading Swift's "A Modest Proposal" this week. They are also going to read documents on gun control--we're wrapping a short unit on argument and will close with a synthesis (document based essay). We are thinking of
My ninth grade students self-select about half of what they read for English class--we spend some time each day reading independently. They are currently in a variety of novels and nonfiction books. I think I have 3 students reading the collection of tales, Cut From the Same Cloth by Robert D. San Souci and Brian Pinkney
and two boys reading a motorcycle book Bone Shakers to Chopper by Lisa Smedman. Probably 7 students are nearly finished with The Exploding Toilet by David Holt. I put a bunch of what I call browsable nonfiction in the book boxes on students' tables. These are actually small group titles from a Plugged-in to Nonfiction set but as I haven't used them for small groups this quarter, I thought students who were in between books or who like books with short pieces would enjoy them. I really like how stacking the book boxes with some browsable books has worked.
In terms of what we are required to do together, half of my ninth graders are reading excerpts from Romeo and Juliet. We're building familiarity with the language of the play and studying how Shakespeare uses figurative language.We may go from reading to the stage but the acting and stage play may come next week as students get comfortable and understand what's going on. The other half of my ninth graders are in the midst of a short text unit (short stories, articles and poetry)--they are also examining figurative language.
I am reading Charles and Emma: The Darwin's Leap of Faith by by Deborah Heiligman
this week. I like the story and I noticed how the author weaves bits from Darwin's letters and papers into the narrative. I think the structure--in that sense-- is very interesting. I would like to add some picture books to my reading menu, so I may head to the library one day after school and pick up a few.
It's Monday! What are you reading?