Yesterday I was talking about books with @mollybmom on Twitter. She has made a comment that she hadn’t taken me for a fantasy buff. In the book conversations, I often mention that the particular book being discussed were “definitely part of my top ten ever.” I said that to Jana during this conversation. It got me thinking… If I had to make a definitive list, which books would actually made the cut? I tried to make a top 10 list, but decided to expand my definition to count series as only one choice in the top ten. Here is what I came up with, in no particular order.
1 – Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card
2 – The Drangonlance Chronicles by Tracey Hickman and Margaret Weis
3 – The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
4 – The Deprivers by Steven-Elliott Altman
5 – The Harper Hall Trilogy by Anne McCaffrey
6 – The Icewind Dale Trilogy by RA Salvatore
7 – Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
8 – The Giver Trilogy by Lois Lowry
9 – The 39 Clues Series by Various Authors
10 – The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Do you have any recommendations that might change my mind??? Please share!
“Voice” is generally associated with the 6+1 Traits Writing program. I’ve never actually thought of it from a reader’s perspective before until this week.
This summer, I read “The Hunger Games”. I loved it. I was immediately taken in by the characters, the drama, the emotion of the book… I loved the book. I recommended it to my husband who is also a reader. He generally doesn’t read Teen Lit. It took a while and a few twitter recommendations from people who were not me, but he picked up the book this week. He had it done within two days. He loved it too. However, his interests in the book were completely different than mine. His first interest lie in the geography of the book. The references to North American geography peaked his interest enough to ask me questions, look at maps, search the internet for further information while I didn’t even notice them.
That got me thinking about my own teaching. When I talk about books in my class, do I think about the difference “Voices” of my readers? I know that I try to find books for all their reading interests, but have I ever looked at one book and tried to see the different voices within it? The answer is No, I haven’t. However, I AM interested in trying to have that discussion some time.
My teacher librarian and I have talked about trying to establish a book blog. A place where students could post reviews of books in our library and others could search, read and comment, or post their own reviews for the books. I wonder if that could be a forum for these “Voice of the Reader” discussions.
What do you think? Have you ever had these discussions with your students? Can you share your ideas?
Thanks for reading.
Well, I need your help. I’ve gone into my room 4 times this week and each day I have walked out with no more ideas than when I walked into my room. What do I need help with? How to set up the desks in my room… The layout of my room is not ideal, however it is what it is and I can’t change much of it. I can’t move anything on the diagram below. In the room I have to fit 26 student desks, a prayer table, a hexagonal shaped table that can be broken into two halves and three small bookshelves (that fit under the height of the word wall board). I would love to have a reading corner, but I’m not sure I have room. I also want to make sure that my students can see the whiteboard and the SMARTBoard. HELP!!! Does anyone have any ideas? I would appreciate all suggestions!