As I said in my previous post, I have read The Giver by Lois Lowry before for pleasure, but have never taught the novel. I have also never seen 6th graders read the novel before. At least in public schools, it’s 8th grade that usually reads The Giver. I have just begun re-reading the giver and making notes and highlighting. If anyone has any great sites or information to steer me towards that would be incredibly helpful.
I am also looking for good biblical scripture to make connections with the novel. I don’t have to, but I think it would make for good discussion as we discuss a Utopian society that has no religion or beliefs in love.
Since I am starting at a new school, I was unable to choose the books my students would be reading. I was given the list that my incoming 6th graders will be reading, and have already begun to read all the books on the list. I’ve heard of some of them, but not all. I am happy that I am being introduced to even more literature.
The Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls
Students get to then select one of the following:
Elephant Run by Roland Smith
Under a War Torn Sky by L.M. Elliot
Gossamer by Lois Lowry
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
The Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
Of course, I will be reading all of the above. I’ve actually already read Under a War Torn Sky, Gossamer, Esperanza Rising, Maniac Magee, and I’m about halfway through with The Single Shard.
I will be doing my book movie trailer project with my students the first couple of weeks in school with these novels. They’ll work in groups. I’m pretty excited to see how it turns out. The books are fantastic, and I can foresee lots of wonderful things being turned in. I love being able to see what students put together, and letting their creative juices flow. It’ll also help me get to know them, and see how they work with one another.
Next year, I’ll get to do my own list, and I think I will be keeping some of the above novels on it. Does anyone else have any great novels they’ve enjoyed doing with their middle school students?
Another Pinterest find. This was posted as a Vocabulary Journal. I like the idea of this mixed with another website I found:
I have used interactive journals with social studies classes before, and I am not sure why i have never thought to use it with Language Arts. I might have to figure out exactly how I will be using it this coming year. I will be teaching 3 Grammar classes and 3 Literature. I am not sure if I want to do just one notebook for both classes, or if I want to split them up. Either way, it’s something I am at least interested in considering. My students all have laptops as well for notes. This is one thing that has me leaning against it.