I've just got to share the good stuff I read.

I love to read. I read every chance I get. If I read something really good, I want to share it with my friends and co-workers. I make copies of magazine articles, read aloud to my students, tell others about good books I'm reading, and keep a book with me at all times.

I love teaching and learning new things. I need a place to share some of the lessons and what my students and I learn. Since my teaching situation is different from everyone else's in my school, I would like to tell all of you in the blog-o-sphere about these great lessons.

Feel free to share what you are reading, teaching and learning with us in the comments.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

A Woman of Literacy

This month is International Literacy Association's Women's History Month. Mississippi Reading Association President, Dr. LeAnn Carter, asked board members to write about Women of Literacy who have influenced our lives. 

The first person who came to mind was my mother, Helen Thornton. No, she is not a teacher. But she is the person who instilled my love of books. She read to my brothers and me from our earliest days. She took us to the public library once a week. We were there for Story-time as preschoolers and in the summer when we were school-age. 

I remember my mother reading books for her own enjoyment, too. The first book I remember discussing with her was Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. I was in first grade and just beginning to read. The book she was reading was SO thick. It was the thickest book I had ever seen, even thicker than her Bible. I was curious about a story that kept her reading page after page. I asked her what the book was about and that was the beginning of our conversations about books. 

Mom will be ninety-one this week. She still loves to read. Her favorite books now are biographies. She still likes to talk about the books she is reading. She likes to share 'just a page' or 'just a paragraph' to other willing readers. 

Who is your Woman of Literacy? 

Friday, March 11, 2016

More Mysteries

Spring is here! Not by the calendar but certainly by the flowers.
I picked these at mom's. She has so many and she loves to share them.

This week has been our Spring Break. I went to the Canton library and checked out these mysteries. I am obsessed with this author. I have read all of the ones set in Texas and Alabama. Now I am reading through these set in the Lake District in the UK. Beatrix Potter is a main character. There are also talking animals (of course the people can't understand them). If you like mysteries but not the gory, violent kind, then these are just right for you.

Catching up on my recorded TV shows, too. Good thing I have lots of inside activities since it is raining steadily for the next few days.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

A Wrinkle in Time Graphic Novel

I'm on a graphic novel kick with my older students at school. We read the graphic novel version of the first Percy Jackson novel. I was going to compare it to the movie and chapter book but the movie was just too different and combined a couple of the series into one movie.

I bought this graphic novel version of the classic A Wrinkle in Time. It is a very thick book. The original is quite complicated for English Learners to follow as a read aloud. I wasn't sure if they would like this version either.

Well, the first day I read this one of my newer boys commented when I finished the first chapter, "I like it!" This kid hardly ever likes anything. So I think this is a hit.

It is very close to the original version and the pictures make it easy to follow. This week end a local theater is presenting a live performance of the story. Some of the kids said they would go see the performance. Hope so.

What do you think of graphic novel versions of chapter books?