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Frindle by Andrew Clements
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Dec 08, 11

Read in November, 2011

I read this book to help promote my author study of Andrew Clements. Clements is an incredible author for this age group and would definitely recommend any of his reads for a short, amusing, and valuable lesson to take, especially at an early middle school grade.

Frindle by Andrew Clements is about a young boy in fifth grade, Nick Allen, who has a reputation for being the class clown and a trouble maker. In third and fourth grade, he always needed to make people laugh and would play tricks on his teachers. However, Mrs. Granger was the fifth grade English teacher who finally was able to put Nick in his place when he tried his expertise in asking delaying questions about the dictionary. Mrs. Granger had a reputation for her use of the dictionary."Every language arts teacher in the world enjoys making kids use the dictionary...But Mrs. Granger didn't just enjoy the dictionary. She loved the dictionary-almost worshipped it."

Nick takes advantage of her love of the dictionary invents his own word, Mrs. Granger is far from pleased. Nick encourages the entire school to start using the word regulary, and after failed attempts by the principal and teacher to discipline students who use this word, the newly invented word spread.

Eventually, the news of this word spreads throughout the school, community, state, country and now all over the world. This story tells about how one little idea from one young student can have a huge impact on everyone.

As a future teacher, I would use this story as an anchor to promote creativity. Despite his negative attempts for the use of the word, it turned into something much more positive than he ever imagined. Although a promotion of being creative and imaginative, they still need to hold on to core values such as respect, especially towards their teacher.
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