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No Talking by Andrew Clements
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May 28, 2012

it was amazing
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A fun story about Dave a 5th grader who after reading about Mahatma Ghandi for a social studies report, decides to not speak for the day, even though he is giving an oral report w/a class partner who doesn't realize what he is doing. This leads to a challenge between the 5th grade girls and boys to not speak for 48 hours, except 3 word sentences to school staff. This class has always been known as the unhushables since kindergarten and the school staff is stunned when they finally figure out what the class is doing. A few teachers turn this into teachable moments, but the majority of the staff thinks it's not normal. The principal insists that they talk, yet they hold to the challenge. They learn to listen better, think better, and eliminate unneccessary conversation from their daily life. And the principal actually learns from the children too. Fun!

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