This colorful story is about a boy, Jeremy, who does not exactly know who he is. His family members and people in his community tell him who he is inThis colorful story is about a boy, Jeremy, who does not exactly know who he is. His family members and people in his community tell him who he is in their eyes. The vivid pictures, interesting lay out, and captivating rhyme presents the message of the book creatively. The message being, that we are many things. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, the theme, and it's presentation....more
I have never heard of "Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices" until I took this class; however, the book took me back to my childhood. The poems about thI have never heard of "Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices" until I took this class; however, the book took me back to my childhood. The poems about the Fireflies reminded me of the times I shared with my neighborhood friends on summer nights. We pounced through the grass trying to catch as many fireflies as we could. We would then place them in jars, with breathing holes if course, and sit them next to our beds. I remember looking at the flickering lights of their bodies until I fell asleep. All of the poems are written with simplicity, yet the dueling poems from the poets about each bug makes it interesting.This creates a rhythm. There are also some poems with rhymes and some with out, but all give us readers a clear vision of what the author is portraying with their descriptive words. Nature is a beautiful thing, and both poets capture that....more
This is a wonderful book! The book is written in free verse and is on a notebook of a boy named Jack, who thinks that males could not and should not This is a wonderful book! The book is written in free verse and is on a notebook of a boy named Jack, who thinks that males could not and should not write poetry. He starts off reluctant to the idea of writing poetry, but sure enough, he begins to open up and thrive. The author uses repetition to emphasize certain thoughts or ideas.This adds a unique touch to the poem. Jack's childlike personality is portrayed when he writes a letter to his favorite poet. He shows fear that the Poet will not read his work. Sharon Creech did an amazing job at capturing this boy's attitude! This would be an incredible book to read to my students before starting a poem unit. I believe by reading it, my students will feel at ease to write about what they see and how they feel. ...more
When I first began reading "The Missing Piece", by Shel Silverstein, I thought the poor pac man was going to find a friend or the "missing**Substitute
When I first began reading "The Missing Piece", by Shel Silverstein, I thought the poor pac man was going to find a friend or the "missing piece". The pac man searched high and low, sang his song, and sure enough found the "missing piece". This was when I thought the poem was over; however, I was wrong. Being complete, meant that he did not have the beautiful voice he once had. He also rolled too quickly to observe his surroundings. He realized then, that he wanted to be on his own. This poem symbolizes the importance of individuality. The simpleness of the poem is intriguing. The verses of use repetition through out the entire book. The pictures are just a series of lines, incomplete circles, and triangles. "The Missing Piece" is portrayed in a mild way, but has great depth in its purpose. I could really use this poem in the classroom at any time. If there were issues of cliques I would definitely read the poem to stress how vital it is to be independent....more
The Book of Rhythms by Langston Hughes is about what is used in order to make a rhythm. It also about finding rhythm in your day to day life. The Boo The Book of Rhythms by Langston Hughes is about what is used in order to make a rhythm. It also about finding rhythm in your day to day life. The Book of Rhythms has no rhyme for the most part, until the "Rhythm of Music" and Rhythm of words" section. Hughes uses other authors' works as examples for these sections. Hughes' imagery is presented clearly and simply, using techniques such as drawing a squiggly line to explain the patterns in the rhythm. Hughes' words made me consider things to be rhythms that I had never considered to be a rhythm before, like drawing a pattern onto a paper or our own heart beat. This book was well written, but I didn't think it had the most interesting word play. It is definitely not my most favorite poetry book, but it may come in handy if we choose to bring music into the classroom. Hughes gives lots of examples of rhythm, and children can use these examples to better understand the meaning of rhythm. ...more
This wistful story about a young girl who comes across a family who can live forever, truly enticed me as a reader. Values being taught within the stoThis wistful story about a young girl who comes across a family who can live forever, truly enticed me as a reader. Values being taught within the story, about seeing life as a gift, has left a mark on me. I will never forget Angus Tuck's words “Don't be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don't have to live forever, you just have to live.” This quote will never be forgotten.
The novel was written in a simplistic yet artistic way, using similes and metaphors. The plot is easy to follow, and captivating for young and old readers. While this story is a fantasy, the life lessons provides logic.
The story is very believable and historically correct. When Winnie finds out that the Tucks will live an everlasting life, she is taken back. Living forever was unheard of in her world. This factor, makes it a low fantasy, meaning the fantasy or magic intrudes on a real life situation.
I would absolutely bring this novel into the classroom. I think that it could produce intriguing classroom discussions, like: What would you do if you could live forever? Would you sacrifice growing up and starting a family so that you could live an eternity? If you were Winnie, would you have made different choices?
With this book, I could teach my students to cherish what time they have in the world. I would explain to them that it's not the length of life that counts, its the depth....more
This is the first time I had ever read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis. I was surprised by how much I liked it. I wish I had readThis is the first time I had ever read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis. I was surprised by how much I liked it. I wish I had read it earlier in my life, because I feel that it truly takes you as a reader to a new world. This book was well written, and stayed true to the time period it was written in.
The Theme, "good triumphs evil" is prevalent in many stories, both fantasy and contemporary/realistic fiction. Therefore, it is still compelling to readers in the "real world".
The world outside of Narnia is very convincing. The it is set in England during World War II. Many families were forced to separate for a period of time, because it is just too dangerous to remain in London. However, going through wardrobe to get to a new world is pretty unrealistic. The way Lewis skillfully presents Narnia, makes it feel so real and believable.
C.S. Lewis makes this high fantasy's plot very easy to follow. As he writes, it is as if he questions his readers, to make sure they are following along. For example, in chapter fifteen he says,"I hope no one who reads this book has ever been quite as miserable as Susan and Lucy were that night; but if you have been- if you've been up all night and cried till you have no more tears left in you- you will know that there comes in the end a sort of quietness. You feel as if nothing is ever going to happen again."
I would definitely bring this book into the classroom. Students need to know that books are a passport out this world. This book demonstrates this with perfection. It is an easy read, that takes us to a place completely different than what we are used to. With imagination, we can any where....more
I have read the original Diary of Anne Frank, but "Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House" by Sid Jacobson, gave me a more informative version of her story,I have read the original Diary of Anne Frank, but "Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House" by Sid Jacobson, gave me a more informative version of her story, that starts before she is even born. This graphic novel, presented Frank's view and factual information about what was going on outside the annex.
The graphic novel is factual and stayed true to the story of Anne Frank and her family. The author pulls quotes right from her diary. The information is presented in chronological order, starting from when Otto (Anne's father) met and married Edith (Anne's mother), through Anne's experiences, to the last few years of Otto's life. The information is presented through a comic book style. It is easy to follow, and visually appealing.
Anne's legacy needs to be passed down from generation to generation. This graphic novel will help to do so. Perhaps, if you still want your students to read her original diary, this book, "Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House" will help to introduce it. I believe it will help students to get excited to read her words, that will carry on forever. ...more