American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt, by Stephanie Marie Thornton, is the story of President Theodore Roosevelt's daughter. I admit that I really didn't know he had a daughter prior to finding this book. The novel does exactly what historical fiction should do. It takes the public record of a rebellious girl… Continue reading American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt
Our novel competition is heating up! This week we said goodbye to some favorites.The remaining books will face off on Monday. These are four very different books, which makes for an interesting matchup. Here they are: Matilda by Roald Dahl vs. House of Hades by Rick Riordan Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins vs. Walk… Continue reading Novel Madness 2018–Semifinal Round!
To find out about this contest in my sixth grade classroom, go here. Here are the results of Round One, paired with their new opponents for Round Two, which takes place tomorrow. Good luck! Matilda by Roald Dahl vs. The Maze Runner by James Dashner Frindle by Andrew Clements vs. House of… Continue reading Novel Madness 2018–ROUND TWO
Every year in March, to coincide with basketball's March Madness, my sixth graders participate in Novel Madness to choose their favorite novel of all time. They brainstorm their top sixteen favorites, then pair up to create persuasive speeches. Here are this year's top 16: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate Hunger Games… Continue reading Novel Madness 2018
I'll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson, is one of the best magical realism books I've read for Young Adults. It features twins, a boy and a girl, named Noah and Jude. They are coming of age in a world where Jude regularly sees and receives advice from her dead grandmother, and Noah sees… Continue reading I’ll Give You the Sun