It's hard to believe the end of your middle school career is rapidly approaching! I hope that you will leave CCMS with a backpack full of memories - some great, some not-so-great, and everything in between. I hope you've seen yourself grow personally, academically, physically, and spiritually. I'm excited for you to begin the next chapter of your life!
One thing I do hope you're proud of is what you've accomplished as a reader this year. Most of you have read more than you've ever read in a school year and that is absolutely amazing! I love hearing stories of you reaching what you thought were insurmountable goals. I love seeing the glimmer in your eye when you just had to tell me about the book you finished. I love memories I have of students who stay to read two more pages after the bell rang on chicken nugget day. It's so fun to see you grow in this area and you have no idea how much of a gift to yourself it truly is!
As the end of the year draws near, you will need to start thinking about the reading legacy you'll be leaving for next year's 8th graders. Remember how you felt at the beginning of the year when you found out you'll be reading a ton? For most of you, I know not all, but for most of you I know that feeling has changed :) Next year on this blog, I'll feature a page called "The Reading Room" where students can go to find book reviews and recommendations from my former students. YOU are the experts in what middle schoolers will love. In The Reading Room, there will be not only book reviews and recommendations, but also a forum where students (and you!) can go to discuss books you're reading.
With that, in this blog post, I'd like you to leave a comment and tell me which two books you'd like to write reviews for this year and why you're selecting those books. You will be reading your book review ON VIDEO sometime before the end of the school year.
We'll do some searching on what makes a great book review; first, though, which books do you think you'd like to write about? Remember, THESE ARE NOT BOOK REPORTS! Book reports and book reviews are much different. Book reviews are like commercials for books, rather than a report telling all the details about the book. It's supposed to entice others to want to read it. Click here for some sample book reviews!
In chapter two of The Outsiders, Cherry Valance says that “things are rough all over,” and insists that “[the Socs] have troubles [the Greasers] have never even heard of.” What does she mean by these quotes? What does this demonstrate about Cherry’s character? How does this quote apply to lives of teenagers in the 1960s and in 2014? Please respond by leaving a comment.
Be sure your response pays attention to THE BIG FOUR: purpose and focus (your response addresses the question, is appropriate for the audience, and stays focused), idea development (your ideas are expanded and elaborated with original thought, analysis, examples, and details that support your thoughts), structure (paragraphs and sentences are organized, transition words used effectively, variety of sentence types, uses organizational techniques), and language (effective word choice, maintains voice and tone, correct grammar, usage, and mechanics).