"I have always imagined that Paradise will be some kind of library." ~ Jorge Luis Borges

Sunday, September 7, 2014

"I read in my bed or on my beanbag with my feet on my swirly chair"

Hearing from 467 students about their summer reading experiences is tricky, especially when classes are only thirty minutes long. With the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders, we had a brief conversation and then they shared a bit via a Google Form. The first two questions were intended to help me understand them as readers and to help them begin to understand themselves as readers.

Question One:

Where did you read most this summer?

(When explaining the question, I gave them an example from my summer reading experience. I asked them to think about their summer reading and where they pictured themselves.)

Question Two:

Describe your summer reading experience.

(Again, I gave an example from my own summer reading experience and had students brainstorm other examples.)

Question Three:

Is there a book that stands out from the other books you read? Please share the title here:

The One and Only Ivan (5)
Wonder (4)
The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp (4)
Gum Girl (2)
Sisters (2)
Warriors series (3)
Harry Potter (8)
Geronimo Stilton (2)
The Mysterious Benedict Society (3)
The Giver (5)
The Fourth Stall (4)
The Babysitters Club (3)
Smile (4)
Lions of Little Rock (2)
Phantom Tollbooth (2)
Out of My Mind (3)
Big Nate (3)
Hunger Games (3)
Flora and Ulysses (3)
A Snicker of Magic (5)
Mysterious Benedict Society (3)
Magic Tree House (2)
Starry River of the Sky (2)
Percy Jackson (3)

The Story of Babe Ruth
Who was Bill Gates
Dork Diaries
The dragon in the sock drawer
Anne of Green Gables
Fancy Nancy
Horrible Histories
Hardy Boys
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Vince Lombardy
The Land of Stories
The Immortals
The Great Greene Heist
The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield
The Grimm Legacy
Shadow Children series 
Bird, Under the Egg, or Waiting for the Queen
A Mango Shaped Space
The Great Brain
Fortunately the Milk
Charlotte's Web
13th book in the series of Unfortunate events
The Julian Chapter/Wonder
Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism
The Unwanteds book #2 Island Of Silence
Thea Stilton and the Mystery in Paris
39 Day of Doom
Trumpet of the Swan
Confessions of a So Called Middle Child
Spirit Animals
The Cloak Society
Things Not Seen
The 39 Clues series
The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had
When Audrey Met Alice 
Because of Mr. Terrupt
The Red Umbrella
The Name of this Book is a Secret (2)
Catching Fire   
Foals in the Field
Witch and Wizard: The Gift
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's library
Fablehaven volume 1
Lost on a Mountain in Maine
The Long Winter
Shark Wars
The Friendship Fairy
Goddess Girls
The Illiad
The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Captain Underpants
Dorko the Magnificent
Summer of the Gypsy Moths
Saxby Smart
Jake and Lily
The House of Hades
The Red Pyramid
The Stolen Kingdom
The Lost Hero

I am hoping that students will rely on each other more for reader's advisory. This is a step along that journey. We've got a reading list!

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