Monday, January 25, 2010

What is she reading now?

Well, it would be more accurate to ask “What has she just finished reading?”

And that would be The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt (823 Sch53W FIC).
Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful!

I discovered it by reading The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller (372.416 MilB 2009).  Her grade 6 students compiled the ‘Ultimate Library List’ and The Wednesday Wars is included.

Besides being a very interesting and very readable book about teaching language arts the Book Whisperer show us her struggles to find the best way to teach kids to read.  And it comes down to letting them do just that – read.  And letting them find the things that they like to read to get them engaged in the first place.  She structures her class in such a way that the kids have to read lots of books (she sets the bar high at 40 books in a school year, which as it turns out, is rarely not reached) she improves comprehension skills, increases vocabulary, spelling and grammar as well as leaning about storytelling in different genres.

This book is filled with her experiences and strategies for getting the most out of her students.  This is not to be missed.

Neither is The Wednesday Wars.  In case you missed, I LOVED it!

P.S. Just discovered that Donalyn Miller has a blog.  Check out


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