Monday, January 14, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?




So many of my book recommendations come from teachmentortexts.com, a website that links many bloggers and lets us all share what we have read over the week. I appreciate our hosts, Jen and Kellee for all of their recommendations and for their great blog hospitality!

One of the professional books I have been reading is Writing to Persuade by Karen Caine. This book has specific mini-lessons that are designed to fit within a Writing Workshop model. Even though it was published a few years ago, the lessons and skills align to the Common Core State Standards. Karen Caine is incredibly generous with the reproducibles she includes within the book, as well as the writing samples that she collected for the appendix. Additionally, there are many ideas for charts for teachers to create within their classroom.

I also finally got to The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen. Thank you to all of you bloggers who have been recommending this book for several months. I am now in the company of all of you who are excited for the second book of the trilogy, The Runaway King, which is available now for pre-ordering. The False Prince is a book that definitely inspires re-reading and close reading since the plot is complicated with foreshadowing and surprises. I could also envision powerful classroom debates about right and wrong and just and unjust consequences.

I'm looking forward to a long weekend and all of your recommendations for next week!
Happy reading!

7 comments:

  1. So glad you enjoyed The False Prince! I'm not usually Fairy Tale kind of girl, but this book captured my intrest. Like you, I can't wait for the next one. Happy Reading!!

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  2. I LOVED The False Prince, so amazing! And I had an arc of The Runaway King from NCTE that I finished this week. I will just say it does not disappoint. Amazing! Can't wait for the third.

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  3. I definitely am excited for The Runaway King! The professional book sounds really good also. I will have to go check it out!

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  4. I love reading literacy books such as Writing to Persuade - will check if we have this in our libraries - could be something that I can recommend for our teacher-trainees in my institution. The False Prince also looks nice. Have a great reading week!

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  5. Hadn't heard of The Runaway King! Thanks for the heads up. I will put it on my list to buy next year!

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  6. I used Karen's book the year it came out with my students. It definitely helped me to teach them to lift the level of their persuasive writing. It's sure a gem!

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  7. Thanks for the recommendation for the persuasive writing book, plus guess I'd better find The False Prince. So many, as you wrote, are recommending it, Melanie. Thank you! And have a nice 'long' weekend.

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