We are extremely fortunate to have Kate Roberts as our staff developer in our school district and are very lucky to have her coming today for professional development on close reading with our 6th grade teachers! So stay tuned to hear about that PD soon!
If you don't already follow Kate and Chris on Twitter or follow their blogs (Kate and Maggie's blog - Indent and Christopher Lehman's blog), I highly recommend that you begin to follow them. Thank you Chris and Kate for writing this professional book and sharing your ideas, lessons, and passion for close reading with all of us!
The I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis is a very popular series in my classroom this year and every year! I have read parts of the books, but did not read the whole series until this week and I now understand why they are always so popular and why I keep buying multiple copies of each one! I love how each book begins right in the moment of the terrifying event and then flashes back to tell the boy's story of what was happening right before the historical event took place. This predictable structure helps readers navigate through the text and know which part of the story is flashback vs. flash-forward. I love how Lauren integrates a fictionalized boy's story with true information about the historical event in each book. I also love how she includes a section of factual information in the back of each book to give the reader detailed facts about the event. This series is engaging for all readers, but especially for reluctant readers who like action packed and thrilling stories to read!
Enjoy reading this week! :)