one     Today my students presented speeches on their books. To get ready for this, they researched Goodreads and Amazon to find out what good reviews said about their books, and what bad reviews said about their opponent. They read their opponent’s book if they weren’t familiar with it, and surveyed classmates for their opinions. Finally, they blogged about the upcoming competition. Today was the day. They presented, and the class voted. Here are the Round One winners, all paired up for Round Two!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling vs. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney vs. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Cinder by Marissa Meyer vs. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien vs. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Round Two speeches and voting will take place the week of September 14. That gives you a whole weekend to comment on the students’ blogs. Give them encouragement, your opinions, or advice. They’d love to hear from you.

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