English 341: It’s Like This

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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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The War That Saved My Life- Lauren Imelio

The War That Saved My Life- Lauren Imelio

“The War That Saved My Life,” written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, is a story about Ada and Jamie, a sibling duo who have been mistreated by their abusive mother for their entire lives. Ada suffers from a clubfoot, which was left untreated since she was an infant. Their mother decided to keep Ada locked away from society in fears that Ada will embarrass her in any way. When Hitler begins to strike down on England, the opportunity arises for Jamie to find refuge from the upcoming war. As Jamie begins his journey to the countryside, Ada takes the opportunity of a lifetime and joins him on the train. When they arrive at their fateful destination they meet a women who quickly changes their lives. Miss. Smith is a single women who is a self-proclaimed “mean” woman, who takes the children in as her own and feeds and clothes them.

For my chapter book, I decided to read “The War That Saved My Life,” written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. I chose to read this book because I have a huge interest in World War II books. “Night,” written by Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel is one of my favorite books of all time and is a book I would definitely teach with if I ended up as a high school level English teacher. I read this book my sophomore year of high school and I still consider it one of the best books ever. Both of these books are set in the same time span anywhere from 1939 to 1945. “The Diary of Anne Frank,” written by Anne Frank, depicts a real-life experience of a young girl living in silence for years during World War II. All of these books are so deeply interesting and depict horrible, true life sequences.


Make 2- Lauren Imelio

Make 2- Lauren Imelio

For my second make, I really wanted to incorporate the vocabulary words often defined for us throughout “A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginnings,” by Lemony Snicket. I decided to make a crossword, because it would make students really think about the vocabulary words that were defined throughout the book. I went through the book again, looking for all of the vocabulary words that the narrator defines throughout. I thought this was a very simple way to introduce big words like blanched and adroit. I went on a crossword generator website where I crafted the whole thing. I personally love crosswords, so I would be extremely willing and excited to complete this if I were still an elementary student.

Blog 3- Lauren Imelio

Blog 3- Lauren Imelio

For my series book, I chose “A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning,” written by Lemony Snicket. The book tells the story of three orphaned siblings named Violet, Claus, and Sunny. These children lose both their house and their parents when their house suddenly burned down. They go to stay with the nearest relative they can, Count Olaf, who turns out to be a horrible man who mistreats the children terribly.

Unlike most, I had never read this book when I was younger, so I had no idea the premise or plot behind it at all. To be honest, it is nothing like I expected it would be. I believe it is pretty dark, considering the demise of the house and parents, but children probably would not realize. I like the book, but since it is such an easy read it can almost be boring at times in my opinion. I feel like this book would be very ideal for younger elementary children, since it is so easy to read. This novel is full of suspense, so I think this series would be a great choice to introduce to young readers. In a classroom, students could draw what they think each character in the novel would look like.


So far, in Donalyn Miller’s, “Reading in the Wild,” I understand the importance of dedicating time to reading, and to love what you are reading. I really enjoyed when Miller suggested breaking up reading into smaller chunks and reading for 5-10 minutes at a time rather than for 30 minutes to an hour or more. She offers really great techniques that would help someone like myself who does not enjoy reading certain things for long periods of time. I also really enjoyed how she incorporated her daughter, and how reading takes part in regular day activities.

As a future teacher, I am excited to let my students figure out how they are as a “reader.” I will never teach using a reading log, since I found them so useless. I am afraid my students won’t be comfortable enough to tell me what they understand and what they do not. I want my class to be a safe zone and students to be extremely comfortable there. Being a teacher seems incredibly difficult, but so rewarding, and that is the reason people choose to be teachers in the first place.


Make 1: Fairytale ABC’s and Puzzle- Lauren Imelio

Make 1: Fairytale ABC’s and Puzzle- Lauren Imelio

Fairytale ABC’s:

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Cinderella Puzzle:


Since my group and I work together so well, we decided to collaborate and create a Fairytale ABC book and generate an online puzzle with Cinderella on it. We chose to do these 2 methods because they seemed fun to make and like it would give children a creative way to learn ABC’s with fairytales included. We collaborated and spilt up the ABC’s so it was easy to make and it ended up working out well. Erik found a list of fairytales by their ABC’s so it gave us more of a choice on which to pick.

I think both of these ideas would be fun and easy ways to get a class to interact and learn more about fairytales. The ABC book is fun to look through and theres many fairytales I had never even heard of. The puzzle is more for entertainment purposes, but would be very nice for a small child who is learning how to put things together.