Wednesday, May 16, 2012

End of the Year Reflections

As this school year comes to an end, I'd like to invite you to reflect on all you have accomplished this year. I look back at all the things you've learned this year, and I'm so proud of all of you.

Please think back on this year and share:

  • the books you've read
  • what you've discovered about yourself as a reader and a writer
  • what you've learned about reading and writing
  • what you think your best accomplishment was this year in language arts
  • how you feel about this year in language arts
  • what you are looking forward to next year
Thank you all for making this such an enjoyable year for me. I so enjoyed our time together and watching you all do some fantastic things. You made me smile and laugh and learn. I look forward to hearing all about the great things you accomplish next year.

Have a great summer!

Ms. Gottlieb

Monday, February 6, 2012

Book Club Choices - week of February 6

Today we are starting our book clubs, and you will be choosing your book. As you look through the books and "shop" for your choice, please post here about the books and why you would choose or would not choose a certain book. Be sure to include the title, so we all know what books you are talking about.

The choices are:

The Hunt for the Seventh by Christine Morton-Shaw
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvatar
Right Behind You by Gail Giles
The Skin I'm In by Sharon G. Flake
Gym Candy by Carl Dueker
Epic by Conor Kostick
Monster by Walter Dean Meyers
The Dead and The Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Life as We Know It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Monday, January 30, 2012

What are you reading this week? January 30, 2012

I finished Matched by Ally Condie last week. Cassia decided to go against the society, and pursue her relationship with Ky - not her assigned match, Xander. The story ends with Ky being sent out to the front lines to fight some war. This is a death sentence for him. Cassia is determined to find him. I have no idea how she's going to do that. So, I ran right down to the library to get the sequel - Crossed. Luckily, Ms. Ache had it! I'm about a third of the way through this book, and things are not looking good. Cassia is in some kind of work camp, planning an escape. Ky has managed to avoid being killed, unlike most of the boys that were sent with him to fight. They are both planning their escape to find each other. What happens if they both leave and get to where the other is only to find that they have each left?!?! I bet that's why the book is titled Crossed.

What are YOU reading and what is going on in YOUR book?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Let's Practice Writing Controlling Ideas!

With your group, write a first paragraph for one of the following prompts. Be sure that this first paragraph includes a controlling idea. When you publish your first paragraph, please make sure all group members' names are included.

After you have written your paragraph, please go back to other groups' paragraphs, and comment on what they wrote.

Write an essay explaining whether or not it is important for students to learn about teamwork and to practice working together as a team. 

Write an essay explaining whether or not it is important for students to learn to become good readers.

Monday, January 23, 2012

What I'm Reading This Week - January 23, 2010

I'm still reading Matched by Ally Condie. The more I read this, the more I see that the main character, Cassia, is coming to understand that the "society" might not be acting in the best interest of the people. The society even controls what kids and adults do on their free time! They have to sign up for "approved" activities. They don't even have restaurants like we do. It's crazy!! It seems more and more like the society is simply trying to control the people by limiting any free choice they might have. She is also having doubts about her match with Xander. Instead, she is finding herself falling for Ky, an outcast who comes from a place where the society didn't have as much control. I'm wondering if she is going to go against the society and make her own free choice in who she marries and what she does?

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

WHAT ARE YOU READING THIS WEEK? Week of January 16, 2012

I am reading Matched by Ally Condie. So far, this book is very interesting. It is a science fiction book that takes place in the future. In this book, teenagers, at the age of 17, are "matched" with their spouse in a grand ceremony. They have no choice in the matter, and none of the characters in the book seem to care about that! The "society" also chooses everyone's jobs, what food they eat, what books they read, everything. Everyone "dies" at 80 years old - not even of natural causes. They are basically killed.  I find it weird that no one questions this! I'm only about a third of the way through, so we'll see what happens. I think the main character, Cassia, might be starting to question whether or not this way of life is good.


I just fininshed Sight by Adrienne Maria Vrettos. This book is about a teenage girl, Dylan,  whose town was terrorized by the murder of a classmate years ago. The serial killer, who the townspeople call The Drifter, disappeared after the last killing when she was in kindergarten. However, years later when she is in highschool, The Drifter returns. Dylan also is unfortunate enough to have visions of the murdered children. She uses her ability to try to help the police locate the missing victims and catch the murderer.

This book was so scary; I could not put it down. After reading Sight, I had nightmares. It's been a long time since I've read a book that gave me nightmares! If you like mysteries and scary stories, then you should read this book.