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Sunday, October 11, 2015

October What Are You Reading?

I am linking up with Focused on Fifth for their October What Are You Reading? linky.  Right now I am reading Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan with one of my small reading groups. Several of the students in this group seemed a little disappointed when they found out this was their book. Which, of course, made me worry that I had picked badly. Then I started reading it and I quickly realized I had never read it. I only picked it because I thought I had read it years ago. But, nope! More worrying.
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However, our first group meeting went well and all the students seemed to be enjoying the book. I assigned the next reading assignment and they asked to make it longer. I thought that was a good sign but it actually was at the next group meeting that I realized how much they loved this book - boys and girls alike.  They were really engaged in the conversation, they had all read way beyond the required number of pages and they were giving all kinds of text evidence to support their opinions. But then they turned in their reading response letters that they had written to me. Four of the six students told me in their letter that they loved this book and the other two told me they were disappointed that they had to read it at first, but that now they were so happy they got to read it.  I'm so glad it turned into a win for me. This book is filled with possibilities for discussion and the depth of the characters have made it perfect for group discussion. If you head on over to Focused on Fifth you can see what others are reading or link up what you are reading. Just click on the button below.

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  1. Brandi,

    I'd love to hear more about the response letters your students write to you..Thanks!

    1. Thanks for giving me a topic for my next blog post. Look for it later this week.

  2. I have been contemplating adding this novel to my read aloud list this year. I am happy to see that both you and the kiddos are enjoying it. Based on your feedback, I think I am going to give this book a read and see if it's something that will work for our class. Thanks, Brandi!

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  3. I do like that one! The riches-to-rags twist gives you a lot of 'meat' with which to teach. One of these days, I'm going to get Becoming Naomi Leon read.