Welcome to Reading Literature for Future Teachers! Links above for syllabus and other jazz.

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You'll have lots of choices with your book selections. Our goal will be to find books you like!

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We'll read, make, share, and play in this class. Looking forward to reading ALL THE THINGS!

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One Crazy Summer (original song)

ENGL 341 Presentation: Gary, Kelli, Emily from Kim Jaxon on Vimeo. Original song and dance by Gary Smith (writer, vocals, arrangement), Kelli Brennecke (vocals), and Emily McCoole (dance). Based on the Newbery honored children’s novel One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia.


Moving Vines

Ashley 4th grade Moving Vines (from The Mysteries of Harris Burdick) One fine morning, detective Amanda Smith was walking down the street. Amanda Smith was the youngest detective in the city. She had short, red hair and a beautiful face. She had light skin and had a slim, fit stomach. She lived in a cottage

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Common Core

K CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.5 Recognize common types of texts (e.g., storybooks, poems). Grade 1 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.10 With prompting and support, read prose and poetry of appropriate complexity for grade 1. Grade 2 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.4 Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song. Grade 3 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.5

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Alex Archer: Poetry

Love That Dog was a seriously awesome book and was as fantastic as everyone had talked about it being all semester. I was skeptical about how a kids book could be so great but I most definitely on board now; I’m almost disappointed it wasn’t based off a true story! While reading the poem from Jack’s

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Alex Archer: Graphic Novel

This past week I had read Coraline by Neil Gaiman. For our assigned readings this week we were all supposed to choose a graphic novel. I chose Coraline because I remembered seeing the movie when I was younger and really enjoying it and wanted to see how I would view it now, after a few

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Miller: Things we know about teaching reading

Take a book with you EVERYWHERE. Freedom of book choice. It is ok to abandon books, graffiti wall. Parents interacting with children and their reading. Classroom environment should feel comfortable, fresh lessons, graphic novels, reading tribes, silent reading, community of readers, reading plan is a great tool, “want to read” list, find time to read,

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Alex Archer: Sharon Creech Author Study

For our author study I chose to read a couple of books by Sharon Creech. This is perfect because a little bit later in the semester we will be reading another one of her books, Love That Dog, and I will have a little bit of prior knowledge regarding some of her other works. Of

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Nurturing Professional Life

Webinar and book you might find interesting, especially when you first start teaching. Talking with teachers about nurturing your professional lives in the busy school year: http://connectedlearning.tv And Meeno Rami’s book, Thrive, talks about staying engaged as a teacher: http://www.heinemann.com/products/E04919.aspx

Laura blog 3

My series is Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I absolutely love this series. I find them overall fun and exciting to read. I love how easy to relate the characters are. Students, siblings, and parents can relate. I think maybe students from 5th to 9th grade would enjoy reading this. I think teachers could really

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Blog #3 Series Book

The cool thing about The Diary Of A Wimpy Kid series so far is that its actually really relatable. It’s very understandable why a lot kids growing up enjoy reading these books. The main characters are great since his mindset is spot on for someone his age; nothing ever seems to be his fault. It’s

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Giovanna Bobincheck- Lightning Thief

I am reading The Lightning Thief for my series book. I am really enjoying it so far. I think that this would be a great series for fourth through sixth graders, particularly for boys. This story features a young boy as the main character. This character seems a little misunderstood, and like he feels he

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