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With my own students, those I will see everyday, I plan to read pieces this week to build our reading and writing community. I'm going to start with The Night Bookmobile.
I likely won't read Niffenegger's The Night Bookmobile in its entirety, but I will read enough to taste the language and get a sense of the character's discovery. I plan use it to frame students' thinking about their own reading histories.
Pat Conroy lived in Orlando for a time growing up. There is a wonderful scene describing his mother and our downtown library in his recent book, My Life Reading. I'll pull a few scenes from the book as we get started with our own reading narratives. Conroy's voice, description and rich vocabulary will make a good model for the kind of writing I'd like us to do this week.
The opening two poems of Salas' Book Speak will be segue perfectly into this week's initial Book Pass.
On the book talking side of things, I've planned to start sharing the Florida Teen Read titles by week's end. I'm including a book talk row in my lesson plans for the start of school. I know as we go through the year, the books I want to share are not as planned ahead of time--I share titles I read each week and pull favorites from the classroom library--but we'll see. I'll begin with a few favorites that will serve double duty as writing models. Always a bonus when I can make a read aloud work on many levels.
Happy first day of school!