Monday, March 28, 2011

Looking for Book Suggestions?

Kate Messner is a middle school teacher at Stafford Middle School in Plattsburgh. She's also a National Board Certified Teacher and the author of YA books like The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z and Sugar and Ice. Her book blog is a great source of ideas when you're wondering what to read next; she makes great recommendations for YA readers. Check it out!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Adirondack History on the Middle School Stage

Grade 7 students are beginning to write scenes in "play" form that depict Adirondack history. We've been reading excerpts of Adirondack Stories II by Marty Poskoch and Sam Glanzman, and some of the these will form the basis of their work.
Brandon and Donna, from Pendragon, have been working with our students, and their enthusiasm for the theatre is contagious.
The students will present their Adirondack themed plays during the last week of March at the middle school.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

More Book Suggestions

The staff at SLMS continues to send me great recommendations. Here's the latest batch:

Mrs. Kennedy suggests:
Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant
Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus

Mrs. Sweet suggests:
The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Girls by Lois Lansens
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Mrs. Meimis suggests:
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

Ms. Ordonez suggests:
Away by Amy Bloom

Ms. Varano suggests:
Backwater by Joan Bauer

Ms. Warden also sent me this great review that she wrote of The Snow Leopard by Peter Mathiassen.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

School-Wide Read

March is here and this month seventh graders are being encouraged to read Firegirl by Tony Abbott. Many teachers are reading this book as well, and we are hoping to have some good discussions about the issues that this it raises.
Other books being read as part of school-wide read month are The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger (grade 6) and Lemonade Mouth by Mark Peter Hughes (grade 8).