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And We’re Reading

Oh, how I love a class that loves to read!



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The North Star

First of all, many thanks to everyone who was able to make it to Back-to-School Night last night. It was such a pleasure getting to meet so many of you.

In the church last night, I mentioned a book called The North Star, by Peter H. Reynolds. I found a version of the book online that you can read:

Read The North Star

You’ll notice that you can choose to read it in English or Spanish, but you can also choose whether the main character is a boy or a girl. I think that’s just fabulous! The illustrations aren’t quite as detailed as the book, however, so if you’d like to get your own copy (which I highly recommend), you can find it here:

The North Star.

Enjoy the journey!

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How Fast Do You Read?

ereader test
Source: Staples eReader Department

If you want to see how fast you read, click on the eReader above and take the timed test. After reading a selection from H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds, you’ll answer three comprehension questions and then receive your score. My favorite part is shown after the score page. That’s where you’ll discover how long it will take you, on average, to read such books as Tolstoy’s War and Peace, Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, or Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.

Of course, I was most interested in how long it would take me to read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (five and a half hours).

How fast do you read?


**Special thanks to Lee Kolbert for sharing this on her blog: A GeekyMomma’s Blog**

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Literature Map

If you’re looking for something new to read, try this website:

You simply enter the name of your favorite author into a box like this:
And, after you click “continue”, you receive a “map” that looks like this:
Each name in the resulting map links to another Literature Map, so the odds that you’ll find something new to read are really good!

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How Many?!

I have just one question for my seventh grade lovelies…have you stopped by the seventh grade website today? Did you see……


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Ready or Not…

I Can Still See You!

No sense trying to hide, my friends. Whether we are ready or not, it is time to head back to school! And, yes, I do include myself in that we! Believe it or not, we teachers like our vacations away from school at least as much as you do. 🙂

If you haven’t already noticed it, I’ve added a page to this blog with a growing list of Student-Recommended Books. If you’re looking for something new to read before you return on Tuesday, that’s a great place to start. All of those books were recommended by your seventh grade classmates.

Speaking of books…here are the latest totals for my amazing Seventh Grade Reading Community:

Keep up the amazing work, my friends!!

As you are preparing to head back to school, here is something for you to think about: What do you expect from 2011? You have 363 days left to learn something new, do something great, change your life, change your world. What’s it going to be? Who will you be on December 31st, 2011? Will you be the same? Or will you be changed?

What’s it going to be?

I can’t wait to see all of you on Tuesday!!

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Let’s Try This Again

While we weren’t able to meet at the Walnut Creek Library last week, we did manage to have a great time sitting in the café at Barnes and Noble. Well, if you’re willing to try again, so am I!

So, come join me at the library this Wednesday, December 29th, after 10:30. I’ll be sitting in the teen section upstairs. Just look for the big purple couches.

Let’s have a conversation about what you’ve been reading!! I can’t wait!!

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