Monday, September 28, 2020

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 09/28/2020

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly blog hop I co-host with Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing ReadersThe original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

It's a great way to share what you're reading and get recommendations. We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Last Week's Book Adventures:

Last week I finished up The Only Black Girls in Town and listened to Before the Ever After. Then I started listening to Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson. I also have been reading The Body Is Not An Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor and listened to her interview on Brené Brown's podcast Unlocking Us. 


This Week's Book Adventures:

I'll listen to more of Let Me Hear a Rhyme and will also be reading more of The Body Is Not An Apology. With my students this week we'll be acknowledging the land we live and learn on and we'll be reading The People Shall Continue by Simon J Ortiz and Sharol Graves and about Xiuhtezcatl Martinez.

What are you reading this week? 
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Monday, September 21, 2020

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 09/21/2020

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly blog hop I co-host with Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing ReadersThe original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

It's a great way to share what you're reading and get recommendations. We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Last Week's Book Adventures:
I finished listening to Incendiary and then listened to Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam. Then I started listening to The Only Black Girls In Town by Brandy Colbert. I've been reading some essays as well.


This Week's Book Adventures:

I'll finish listening to The Only Black Girls in Town and then I'm going to listen to Jacqueline Woodson's Before the Ever After. This week I'll be reading Each Kindness with my students and sharing a poem from David Bowle's They Call Me Güero. 

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Monday, September 14, 2020

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 09/14/2020

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly blog hop I co-host with Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing ReadersThe original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

It's a great way to share what you're reading and get recommendations. We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Last Week's Book Adventures:
I'm so close to finishing Incendiary by Zoraida Cordova and I highly recommend it. Believe it or not, I started reading Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. I've loved the movie Ten Things I Hate About You ever since it came out back in the 90's and I was thinking about it this weekend. Despite reading Shakespeare and taking a class in college, I've never read Shrew so I pulled out my Shakespeare anthology and started reading.

Last Week's Post:


This Week's Book Adventures:

I'll finish up Incendiary this week and I plan to keep reading more of The Taming of the Shrew. I'll be sharing Carmen Lomas Garza's Family Pictures, Naomi Shihab Nye's Gate A-4, Mina Javerherbin's My Grandma and Me, and Sara Farizan's "Why I Learned to Cook" from the Fresh Ink anthology with students this week as we work on our personal narratives. I can barely contain myself! These texts are fantastic and I'm so excited to share them!

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Monday, September 7, 2020

Frayer a Friend Fun

Last year I started the school year with the Frayer a Friend activity from The EduProtocol Field Guide Book 1: 16 Student-Centered Lesson Frames for Infinite Learning Possibilities by Marlena Hebern and Jon Corippo. I discovered it last year - possibly from Ditch That Textbook on Twitter and it was a hit!
I decided to try it again this year, realizing I could put my students into breakout rooms and they could create it digitally. Last year I printed the Frayer a Friend template but this year, I just added a text box for them to drag over their friend's name and I made a copy for each of them via Google Classroom. 

We did have to go over the idea of talking to each other and having to chat with each other to get the information but they did a great job and now we try to guess who the secret classmate is everyday. We do 1-2 a day and it's fun to try and deduce who it has based on what we're learning about each other. 

I do have to admit that I got busy with other things and forgot to do Frayer a Friend in one of my classes last week and the students reminded me. Y'all, that really tells me this is a hit. Plus it's a slam dunk for me because I was able to introduce the Frayer model in an easy and fun way. Now when we use it for vocabulary, the'll already be familiar with it. 

Want to know more about Frayer a Friend?

Grab the template from Ditch That Textbook hereLaura Steinbrink shares here how she used Frayer a Friend with Kahoot! And Keith Pedzich blogged about using it here.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 09/07/2020

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly blog hop I co-host with Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing ReadersThe original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

It's a great way to share what you're reading and get recommendations. We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Last Week's Book Adventures:
I finished listening to Santiago's Road Home and started listening to Incendiary by Zoraida Cordova. I haven't been in love with fantasy for a long time but I love this world and its characters so far! I also read more of Teaching Community by bell hooks and started reading The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio.


This Week's Book Adventures:

I'll be reading more of the books I started this week. My students enjoyed My Papi Has a Motorcycle last week and this week we'll be watching "Hair Love" and reading Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal.

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Monday, August 31, 2020

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 08/31/2020

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly blog hop I co-host with Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing ReadersThe original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

It's a great way to share what you're reading and get recommendations. We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Last Week's Book Adventures:
I read more of Santiago's Road Home and also read a book of essays by bell hooks called Teaching Community.

Last Week's Posts:

One Heartprint Book


This Week's Book Adventures:

This week I'll read more of Us, In Progress and keep listening to Santiago's Road Home. I also am hoping to start Incendiary by Zoraida Cordova and Jacqueline Woodson's book Before The Ever After. And I'll be reading My Papi Has a Motorcycle/Mi Papi Tiene Una Moto by Isabel Quintero with my students. 

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

One Heartprint Book

The beginning of the school year is all about learning about my students and I especially want to learn about them as readers and writers. One thing I have learned over the years is that as much as I love books, it doesn't mean my students love books as much as I do.  I've learned to be okay with that. I accept them and celebrate them as they are. I even share that my own two sons like to read but it's not the first thing they would pick to do in their free time. 

This year, I wanted to start with a really simple activity to get to know them as readers. It's so so simple but what they shared gives me a lot of insight!

I asked them to think of one heartprint book. I explained a heartprint is like a footprint left on your heart. A heartprint book is a book that has left an imprint on your heart. Good or bad, this is a book that has stuck with you for some reason. 

Here are my two examples! The first is a book that I loathed when I was in high school and the other is a book I loved that shaped my life in many ways. 

What I love most about asking to hear about just one heartprint book is that it's a quick and easy success activity but allows me to share a little about myself as a reader and hear about them as readers. I have a whole year for me to get to know soooooo much about them that it's okay to start by asking them to share just one book. 



Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Whatcha Wanna Do? - Friends and Small Moments

Britt Hawthorne is one of my most favorite people to learn from. I follow her on Instagram and am a Patron on Patreon because I appreciate everything she shares. This week she shared a spoken word poem from Phil Kaye called "Before the Internet" that is pure gold to a literacy teacher. 

In his poem, Phil shares a small moment. A small moment with his friend during summer back in the 90's before the Internet. It's a perfect nine-year-old memory that I think a lot of students might relate to, even if they are kids living during a pandemic in 2020 with the Internet. 

I'm definitely going to share Phil's poem with my students but I'm going to preface it by showing the following clip from Disney's The Jungle Book where the vultures are sitting around trying to think of something to do. 

  

Both the Disney artists and Phil Kaye found something so universal, sitting around with friends trying to think of something to do, and made it interesting by adding super specific details. The vultures joke about waiting for something to die and how they'd be happy about that and Phil talks about watching Indiana Jones and wanting to pretend they could be as cool as he is. Two similar moments with two different stories that make them unique. 

It made me think of this poem "Instructions on Listening to the Trees" from Woke: A Young Poet's Call to Justice by Mahogany L. Browne with Elizabeth Acevedo and Olivia Gatwood. This poem is about going outside and taking a moment to breathe and listen. It's about noticing how we are part of something bigger than us. I think Phil's poem is sort of about this too. It's about recognizing a small moment and writing about it in such a way that it's obvious that he paid attention.  


I'm excited to start off the school year with these texts and to invite students to think about their lives and to pay attention to the small moments and to notice the world around them. This year I'm being super intentional about choosing texts that match and pair together to help students think more deeply about the concepts we're discussing and about themselves as learners and humans. 

If you have any texts that you think would pair well with the ones I shared here, please share!

Monday, August 24, 2020

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 08/24/2020

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly blog hop I co-host with Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing ReadersThe original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

It's a great way to share what you're reading and get recommendations. We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Last Week's Book Adventures:
This week I read more of Us, In Progress and started listening to Santiago's Road Home by Alexandra Diaz

Last Week's Posts:


This Week's Book Adventures:

This week I'll read more of Us, In Progress and keep listening to Santiago's Road Home. I also am hoping to start Incendiary by Zoraida Cordova and Jacqueline Woodson's book Before The Ever After

School starts on Thursday! I'm soooooooo excited! Can't wait! 

What are you reading this week? 
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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Short and Sweet Blog Tour!

Title: Short and Sweet 
Author: Josh Funk 
Illustrator: Brendan Kearney 
Publisher: Sterling Children's Books 
Publication Date: September 1st, 2020 
Genre/Format: Fiction/Picture Book 
GoodReads Summary: Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast are back with a twist: they’ve been transformed into small children. Now it’s a race against the clock to turn our favorite duo into grown-ups again!

Lady Pancake is aching; Sir French Toast’s looking pale. Could they be going . . . STALE? Maybe a visit to Professor Biscotti’s lab for her despoiling procedure will help. But instead of beautifying them, Biscotti accidentally transforms the two treats into toddlers! Frightened of the now gargantuan (to them) Baron von Waffle, the mini breakfast foods scamper off on an adventure in the fridge, visiting everywhere from the Bran Canyon to Limes Square. Will Baron von Waffle and Professor Biscotti figure out a way to turn them back into a grown Lady and Sir? Or will they stay short & sweet forever?

In this fourth LADY PANCAKE & SIR FRENCH TOAST adventure, Pancake and Toast fear they are going stale and visit Professor Biscotti, whose faulty gadget transforms them into toddlers, sending them on an adventure in the refrigerator. 
What I Think: It's amazing to me what Josh is able to do with words and rhyme AND still be able to tell a great story. One thing I've been thinking a lot about lately is format and ways to have some fun with what we are creating while also moving the story along. One way this stood out to me in Short and Sweet is when Baron von Waffle suggests Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast check out Professor Biscotti's Brochure. As a writer, this is a brilliant move! Instead of taking time to explain it, Josh and Brendan can show us. 

There are opportunities in narrative, information, and opinion writing to think about how to get creative with ideas like this. Younger students can draw their own brochure - either to try it out with in a longer piece of text like in Short and Sweet or on its own. Older students can use this as a tool as well. Last year, I had a lot of students who loved to draw and I loved encouraging them to use their drawings in their writing so this is another example to share with them. 
Snatch of Text:
"Professor Biscotti's Laboratory
Starting to MILDEW or CURDLE or CRUMBLE?
Don't sit around and complain, 
pout, and grumble!

Try out my patented DE-spoiling ray!
Feel fresh and you again.
VISIT TODAY!"

Don't miss the other stops on the 
Long and Savory 5-week Short and Sweet Virtual Tour!

Sign up for the Virtual Launch Party on 9/1 
with An Unlikely Story bookstore HERE.

Pre-order from Indiebound HERE.

Listen to the music book trailer HERE.

Top 10 Indie Kids Next List (#9): "Josh Funk pours on the adorable once again ... well worth the carbs for all readers."

"A series that just keeps improving, with an adorable couple taking center stage. A must purchase." - *Starred Review* from School Library Journal

"The quality remains consistently high for this series, linking edibles and emotions with excitement and ease." - Kirkus Reviews


Monday, August 17, 2020

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 08/17/2020

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly blog hop I co-host with Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing ReadersThe original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

It's a great way to share what you're reading and get recommendations. We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Last Week's Book Adventures:
This week I actually read books! I read The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse by Charlie Mackesy and loved it. I also read Black History in its Own Words by Ron Wimberly and Say Her Name by Zetta Elliott and am so excited to share both with my students. I also started reading Us, In Progress: Short Stories About Young Latinos.  

Last Week's Posts:


This Week's Book Adventures:

This week I'll read more of Us, In Progress and Fight Like a Girl. I'm also rereading some of my favorite essays as I work on my own writing. 

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 09/28/2020

  It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!   It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly blog hop I co-host with ...