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Author: Lauren Imelio

Blogs 6 and 7- Lauren Imelio

Blogs 6 and 7- Lauren Imelio

Blog 6

  1. The website I looked at was http://www.diamondbookshelf.com/. This website is a guide about graphic novels that is really helpful for educators and librarians. There are articles on the site with the monthly “Top 50” graphic novels. The website also includes a tab about the history behind the creation of graphic novels which is really interesting.
  2. The graphic novel I chose to read was “Smile,” by Raina Telgemeier. This novel is an autobiography, telling Raina’s true life when she was in 6th grade and busted out here teeth in a fall. When I read a graphic novel, I read each picture’s caption, and then I look at the picture and visualize the words for each picture. I feel like most people read this way because it’s easier to visualize when you immediately look at the picture.

Blog 7

I. a. On page 166, the teacher asks students to pick their favorite genres of books. I think giving students the option to give their opinion would be very beneficial in the success of the students. I would love to give my students the chance to read whatever books they wanted, as long as they enjoy what they’re reading.

b. I have realized that I like to read in phases. Sometimes I’ll read 3 books a week, and sometimes I’ll go 3 months without picking up a book. My favorite genre of books are memoirs and biographies. When I was younger, I was a huge fan of the “Pretty Little Liars” series and other fiction books.

II. c. The main character in the novel “The Hate U Give,” by Angie Thomas, is Starr Carter. Starr is a sixteen year old black teenager living in a primarily black, lower class neighborhood. She attends a primarily white, upper class prep school a little bit away. This story tells her story after her friend, an unarmed black man was shot and killed by a police officer. Starr interacts normally with the white people at her school. She is dating someone and interacts with her basketball team well also. Starr stands up for what’s right when her friend is shot by a police officer after he’s pulled over for a broken headlight.

“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?” -Starr page 252

d. I think “The Hate U Give,” is such an important story, especially right now with everything that is happening in the world. The brutality that black men and women face everyday is sickening and needs to be stopped. This tells a story can open the eyes of many people. This would be a great novel to introduce to middle school aged students.

Make 4- Lauren Imelio

Make 4- Lauren Imelio

Here is my thingy

For this make, I decided to create a lesson based on perspective. I found different poems that showed important events throughout Jacqueline Woodson’s life that I feel changed her perspective in life. Students learn the basics of perspective while putting themselves into Jacqueline’s position. I feel like 4th graders could begin to learn about perspective, and the Common Core Standard that would apply would be CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.3. This standard says: describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions). I imagine this taking place in the fall. Only the worksheet is necessary, along with the book to read the poems. I hope students learn that everyones perspective is different, it differs by what you’ve been through and how you decide to view life because of it.

Blog 5- Lauren Imelio

Blog 5- Lauren Imelio

A) For the verse book, I decided to read “Brown Girl Dreaming,” written by Jacqueline Woodsen. So far, I really like the structure of the book, because it is a super easy book to read I am able to finish a large amount in a shorter amount of time. At first, it was very different reading in a poem style, but I got used to it after a while. I think I definitely read it different than a normal novel and more as each poem was a different story, which wasn’t true. I think verse books are good to introduce to elementary level students and could be used to create their own poems and teach them about the different styles of poems.


so much depends



the white fire


covered in dirt

and grime

beside the pasture

of pink pigs


The War That Saved My Life Make- Lauren Imelio

The War That Saved My Life Make- Lauren Imelio

In “The War That Saved My Life,” written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, young siblings Ada and Jamie endure much neglect and abuse almost the entirety of living with their birth mother. The sibling’s mother blames their constant mistreatment on Ada’s clubfoot, which could have been fixed when Ada was young, but her mother refused. Back in the 1930s and 40s when this story took place, there were barely if any resources to help children who were in bad situations. For this cycles make, my group and I decided to compile a list of places and resources that could have helped Ada and Jamie, and would definitely help struggling children in the Chico area. When I am a teacher, I want my students to feel completely safe and comfortable coming to me if something is not going right at home. In the case that they don’t feel comfortable enough, I will have a list of resources posted in my classroom in case anyone needs it. I feel as though this could help many children feel comfortable enough to speak out if it is to the right people. 

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