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Middle School by James Patterson
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Mar 30, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: middle-school-book-list
Read in March, 2012

Though this novel is slightly easier to read, it is also very relatable to the average middle school student. Starting over at a new portion of school in the first year of middle school is always daunting, and many kids don't know what to expect and this unknown causes apprehension, fear, and trepidation. Often times children at this age think they are the only one who has ever felt like this. Pattenson does an excellent job opening up those feelings and exploring different scenarios on how to cope. He also discusses the idea that school is hard enough and outside factors of real lives can make it even more difficult.

As a student this is a great book to read so as not to feel alone in their troubles. The book covers a great many common hassles that the average middle schooler must face, making it easily relatable. The book deals with some various coping mechanisms that students may think over or encounter through their years and it also discusses (subtley) the consequences of such. The idea of pressures both from inside and outside school make the novel even more relevent to middle schoolers who are all feeling some sort of pressure from their 'real lives' outside of the classroom.

For a teacher of students beyond the first year of middle school, a growth chart is a wonderful way to be able to mark the progression passed some of these feelings and apprehensions. The students could create a list of "what I thought then, what I know now" which illustrate the differences in their lives then and now. For students who are in that first year, this is a great way for them to be able to make a connection chart in which as a class they can make a list of the things Rafe has to deal with on one side of their paper. Then individually they can relate it to something they are currently dealing with themselves. This kind of assignment opens the students up to the teacher so that the teacher will have an empathetic insight into the student's lives in order to better understand each student as an individual.

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