Tips and tools from an elementary school Literacy Coach
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Books books books
I'm a reader. I love to read novels, mostly (not the biggest nonfiction reader, except for blogs, I guess!) and I can't imagine my life without a love of reading. It can be hard for me to find books I love. For example, 50 Shades of Grey? Really? I'm sorry, but I picked up the book in Barnes & Noble after so many people recommended it. I thought it might be something.
I read the back. And I threw up in my mouth a little.
Anastasia Steele? Seriously?! Grey Whatevertheheck his first name is?! Can't do it, people. Too barfy for me. A friend of mine bought it and said that she can't handle it, either. She let me read a page. I read the words 'inner goddess' and was thankful I didn't spend the $$ at Barnes & Noble. I wish I could read that stuff. But it's just not possible. (I bet this is gonna tick somebody off lol. Sorry in advance.)
Related idea, yet unrelated:
I love to read novels with my kids. I wish I could spend more time on it, but it can take soooo long to read a novel if you spend any time talking about it and working with it. I can usually only fit in about two a year in fourth grade. In third, the kids' stamina didn't really lend itself, so I was only able to do one. We had to spend a lot of time working with shorter texts.
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I put together a pretty nifty novel unit, but I still need to try one thing before I can post it to TPT.
It's important for me to do these as shared readings. I want students to have copies of the books and be able to go back and find evidence to support their responses to text. In order to get enough copies, I buy them when they're a dollar at Scholastic! I'm not sure if you do Book Orders (I thought everybody did, but I showed it to my sister-in-law and she said no one at her school knew of them!!)
Scholastic Book Orders are the bestest. Of course, it's a great way for your kids to get books at a reasonable price, but one of the best things is that for every dollar parents spend, you get a bonus point! You can get bonus bonus points at different brackets, and for specials and stuff, too.
So that's how I get my book sets. I either buy them when they're a dollar, or I use my bonus points to get them. (I also use bonus points to buy the kids a gift book at Christmas)