Warning: This post will probably be all over the place, but most of you know I can be that way 🙂
I was at the MCTE conference today (Michigan Council of Teachers of English). I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that conference! We have a keynote speaker every year, and this year it was Jacqueline Woodson. She writes wonderful books like If You Come Softly; I plan on reading it very soon. Anyway, after the keynote speaker is done we attend different sessions based on our interests. I went to one about creating a community of readers in the classroom. Most of you know that I strive to do this. What you may not know, is that I don’t always feel that my colleagues understand my passion. Unfortunately it is difficult to get other teachers as excited as I am about encouraging reading outside the classroom. The speaker at this session was Daria Plumb. She feels the same way I do about reading and sharing her passion for reading with students like I do with all of you. It was extremely refreshing 🙂 I feel so much better about how I teach.
Anyway… I decided that I need to post again. I want to make this something I do on a regular basis. Sound good? I thought so! Currently I’m reading Unwind by Neil Shusterman. It’s been subject to banning in some school districts because it deals with Pro-Choice/Pro-Life. The story takes place years after a second Civil War over the issue. Being “unwound” is the new alternative to abortion. Trust me, it’s a great read!
On a side note, I think I’ve finally hooked Keith onto Twilight. He saw the movie with me last year, and he started reading the book, but he never finished it. But I was able to get him to read New Moon. I think he liked it more than he lets on 🙂 I’ll let you know if he picks up Eclipse.
I’m off to finish reading Unwind. I’ll let you know if I still like it once it’s finished. I’m not sure what I’ll pick up next…
Here are some links that Daria Plumb told us about:
www.notrequiredreading.com (book reviews by teens)
http://www.talestoldtall.com/BooksforBoys.html (books for guys- duh)