Friday, November 20, 2015

Review: Rumble

Rumble Rumble by Ellen Hopkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed the way the characters developed over time in this book and the way Matt came to terms with his demons, however, I did not like the ending. I feel that Gus was such a small part in this story that to have that be the triggering event was not fair to Matt. I think he already started to believe in the good he had in his life and did not need the tragic event to push him forward.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here

The Rest of Us Just Live Here The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So, I'm not sure what to say about this book. I definitely liked it, however there were times when I felt like an outsider. The dual story happening did come together at the end, but I wonder what the purpose was? I'm thinking a metaphor for life and how it is not always a guarantee or something like that. I like the relationship between Mikey and Jared best. It is quite complex, but such real friendship and it is nice to see that between two male characters.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Sorry for being a day late, but it's well worth the wait.  I am excited to share with you two professional resources that I am currently loving.

Kylene Beers and Robert Probst are at it again with this awesome professional resource for teaching nonfiction reading strategies.  Lovers of Notice and Note will quickly enjoy the signposts and strategies given to help support students through nonfiction text.  I remember reading Notice and Note and thinking how awesome a nonfiction component would be....well my wishes have been granted.  It is hot off the press and chock full of anchor charts and mentor text to get your students thinking and learning.

Another book I am obsessed about is Ralph Fletcher's new book Making Nonfiction from Scratch.  This is a great resource's printed in COLOR!!!  Ralph really breaks it down and gives fantastic ideas and mentor samples to help young writers write nonfiction.  Ralph is always a go to for me and you will not be disappointed with this one.

So there it is, what I am currently reading.  Professionally, I am reading a lot about nonfiction because it is so prevalent with the core.  However, I am finding so much value in getting kids to understand and be able to write nonfiction.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Review: No More Phonics and Spelling Worksheets

No More Phonics and Spelling Worksheets No More Phonics and Spelling Worksheets by Jennifer Palmer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I found this book to be easily digestible. With only three sections, nicely segmented into the reason behind not falling into the worksheet trap, what works and how to implement effective word work into the classroom, this makes for an easy addition to add to your professional repertoire. It is a great book for a book study, as I am finishing up with my teachers. If you use Words Their Way, this is a great addition.

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