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Blog 7

Blog 7

 

  1. a) After reading about the preferences in chapter 5, I plan to figure out what genres my students tend to read the most of, so I can help them find other books they enjoy to read in that genre. I plan to do that by reading as many books as I can before and after becoming a teacher. I also plan to challenge my readers by suggesting genres they might not have read before or may not be too familiar with for example, if a student enjoys fiction books by a certain author, then I might try to help them find books that are similar to the ones they enjoy reading. I would do research on that author and see if they wrote any books that were not fiction, so I could find books for my student to read by their favorite authors in different genres.
  2. b) After his class I can tell that I am an avid reader, because if I am not reading a book, then I am reading articles online. I probably read almost every day. I really enjoy reading for pleasure, and when I am on breaks I tend to read at least 2 to 4 novels, depending on how long my breaks are from school. The entire four years of high school, I believe I read about 100 chapter books for pleasure, outside of school. This did not include the books we read in my classes. My reading preferences I am most drawn to are fiction, romance, mystery, series books, and I love to read a good biography every now and then. I plan to continue reading as I become a future teacher and when I become a teacher someday. My goal is to have many books under my belt, so I can be able to easily recommend books to my future students.

3. c) The character Starr Carter, From The Hate You Give, is the character I decided to do my character analysis on, for my young adult novel. Starr Carter is a young 16 year old African American girl, who is the protagonist in the novel. She lives in a predominantly black neighborhood, but she attends an all white private school, which leads to her having a split identity. Starr is one of the only African American girls at her school, which leads her to find herself constantly representing her entire race at her private school. After the death of a close friend of hers, she comes to find out that her friend will have no justice for his death and Officer Cruise will not be indicted for the death of her friend  Khalil. This leads her to be an advocate for Black Lives Matter.

4.  d) I really enjoyed this book, and I would highly recommend it for teachers to have their students read. This book will open the eyes for what some African American people have to go through, because of the color of their skin.

 

 

 

Blog 6

Blog 6

Blog 6

Looking over this article on graphic novels, I have noticed how they have started to become a success with educators who use them in their curriculums. I would make use of this article and website, by saving it, and referring back to it, whenever I wanted to incorporate a graphic novel into my curriculum. I would probably try to incorporate these novels while teaching History or Science, because I know those subjects can be hard for many students to grasp. Although reading and learning about Science or History by reading graphic novels with many pictures could be very beneficial.

Summary Graphic Novel: Pashmina

Pashmina is about a teenage girl, who is raised by her immigrant mother in the United States. Pashmina’s mother is from India, and Pashmina has a burning desire to visit India to learn more about her father. She has never met her father before, and when she finds out the sad truth about her father on a trip to India to visit her Aunt, she finally discovers why her mother refused to ever talk about her long lost father.

Question D

Pashmina is being a little sassy to her mother at dinner one evening. When I look at the expression on Pashmina’s face her eyes are narrowed, arms are folded across her chest and she looks either angry or frustrated at her mother. Pashmina is upset with her mother at the dinner table, because she will not talk to her about her father from India. She quotes to her mother, “You always change the subject,” (Chanani, 15) whenever Pashmina brings up her father to her mother.

Enchanted Air

Enchanted Air

The free verse novel I am currently reading is Enchanted Air, by Margarita Engle. This book  is a memoir about her childhood and her struggles of being half Cuban and half American. This novel has been a quick read for me, because of how the book is written. Due to the fact there are only a few words on the page this book is an easy and quick read for me. I have not yet finished the book, but I feel really bad for Margarita, because her heart lies in Cuba with her Cuban family, but she is not allowed to visit them anymore. The United States is in a War with Cuba, and the state erupts with the Bay of Pigs invasion.  She logs to be with her Cuban family, and hopes that they are safe from harm.

I loved the format of this book, I have read many books like it before in the past. My favorite series in the poem format is the Crank series written by, Ellen Hopkins.  I read her entire series in about two weeks because there minimal writing on each page, so it was easy to plow through her books. I would recommend Enchanted Air for my students to read, and then once they read the book, I would have them right a memoir about themselves. The memoir would be about their life and major events that have happened since they have been born. Then I would have each of my students present theirs to the class, so their classmates and I could learn a little about them.

 

Poem

so much depends upon

a little blue wagon

rusting in the rain

beside the red shed

The War that Saved my Life:

The War that Saved my Life:

I chose to read The War that Saved My Life, Kimberly Bradley. This is a Newbery award wining book and is about a girl named Ada and her little brother during World War II. Ada is a handicap girl who has a cleft foot which prevents her from walking. Eventually she moves to the countryside where she learns how to walk with crutches and teaches herself how to ride a horse. Ada’s little brother is named Jamie who is six years old. He was raised by his nine year old sister Ada until Mrs. Smith took them in when they moved to the country, where she became their caregiver during the war. Ada is very intelligent, because she teaches herself how to read and write, she is also very brave and catches a German spy while she is out riding one day, and ends up becoming the village hero. I would use this book in my classroom if I was to teach about World War II. Before I even taught the lesson, I would have the students read this book, then we would discuss the book after the class had read it though. Then I would use class time to teach my students about the history of World War II. I like this book because it is very insightful and gives a child’s perspective about how the war effected her life.

Blog 3 King and Kayla

Blog 3 King and Kayla

The book I chose to read for my series book, was King and Kayla and the Missing Dog Treats. I really enjoyed reading this book and I  thought it was cute, that each book is a different mystery to solve. I would definitely recommend this book to my students, who enjoy reading mystery books, because it is a quick and easy read. The central characters are King who is a dog and has his own dialogue throughout the book, and Kayla his owner.  They both enjoy solving mysteries together. I believe first and second graders would enjoy reading this series, because it is easy to read and follow along. This book is not very complex, so if I had more advanced readers in my class I would recommend a more advanced mystery book such as Nancy Drew. The way I would use this book in a classroom, would be, I would  read the book out loud to my students, and then set up a mystery in my classroom for my students to solve that is similar to the series book.

 

My biggest take away from chapter one in Reading in the Wild, was encouraging students to read and carry books wherever they go outside of school. I believe that this is a great way to get students to read more, if they keep a book with them at all times. A few ideas I had not thought of, were encouraging my students who did not have time to sit down to read for 30 minutes a day to read, I could learn there schedules and help them pick gaps throughout the day where they can read a few minutes here and there. Another idea I liked from the book is using a reading itinerary, instead of a reading log. I really liked this idea, because it gave students the opportunity to fill out the amount of time they read that day, but they were not forced to read for 30 minutes. The itinerary encourages students to keep track of all the places they read throughout the week and how many minutes they spent reading that day. I am most excited to recommend books to my students, when I start teaching them to read, that fit there reading levels and then asking them if they enjoyed my book recommendations. I am honestly most afraid of dealing with a difficult student who refuses to read inside or outside of class and what I should do to get them to read more.

Little Red Blog by Natalie

Little Red Blog by Natalie

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The story of “Little Red Riding Hood,” has been around for many years, and there are many versions of it that are told all over the world. The main themes that all these stories share are, do not talk to strangers, do not give out your information to someone you have never met, and obey your parents when they say do not talk to strangers, because it can lead to bad situations or even death. There are also struggles that some of these stories address such as listening and following directions, to stay out of trouble.

In Tim Seibles version of “Red Riding Hood,” Bugs Bunny runs into Little Red Riding Hood and calls her out for walking around at night all alone. Bugs Bunny says to her, “This is a tough neighborhood, mutton chops— you gotchur badgers, your wild boar, your hardcore grizzlies and lately, this one wolf’s been actin pretty big and bad.” he is warning her that she should not be wondering around at night on her own, because she is walking around in a rough neighborhood. Bugs Bunny is basically saying that, he is surprised her mother never told that it is dangerous to be out alone at night especially if you stand out wearing bright colors. I agree with Bugs Bunny I think it is dangerous for woman and especially children to be out at night alone. I personally never go out at night alone unless I have a friend with me. I have learned that if I have a buddy with me it can illuminate putting myself in dangerous situations, such as running into the sleazeballs of the world, such as bugs Bunny in this version of Little Red Riding Hood. This story addresses the dangers of what could happen if a woman wonders around at night all alone.    

Italy/ Austria: Little Red Hat, I really like this version of Little Red Riding Hood, because it had an ogre in it, instead of a wolf. I think the theme in this version is to read between the lines. Little Red Hat is so naive in this story and she ends up eating her grandmothers teeth, drinks her blood and eats her jaws. She does not listen to what the ogre is saying when he whispers what she is actually eating. I think that if you do not understand what someone is saying, you should ask them to clarify and not assume that you think you know what they want. For example, if a teacher gives directions to her students, and a few students do not understand, then they should raise their hands, and tell their teacher to maybe re word the directions so everyone understands, instead of just assuming. Little Red Hat did not clarify with the ogre when he was telling her that she was actually eating parts of her grandmother, because he kind of whispered it from the other room, so she just did what he told her to do, since she was really hungry. I think that Little Red Hat, is really ignorant or blind in this story, because how would someone not be able to know the difference in taste between blood and wine. She drinks her grandmothers blood and believes that it is wine. She either has never had wine before or she is just really ignorant. This story I believe addresses, the importance of listening carefully and reading between the lines, like the ogre flat out tells her exactly what she is eating, yet she is a young ignorant girl who does not listen very carefully to warnings.

Natalie Taylor

Natalie Taylor

 

Hi my name is Natalie, this is my second semester at Chico State and I came in as a transfer student from Sierra College. A few things about me are, I love to read, travel to cities all over the country and world, and I love to eat and try new foods. My favorite cities that I have been to are Florence, New York, Paris, and Boston. This past summer I had the opportunity to visit New Orleans and it was such an incredible city to visit, because of its culture and food. My favorite author is V.C. Andrews and my favorite food is sushi. I was born and raised in Northern California, but I have a love for Southern California, because I love the beaches, weather, and Disneyland. I have lived in Southern California off and on for the past five years. This is a brief introduction of my story.

 

 In my opinion, I think of a reader as someone who is fascinated with novels and spends most of his or her time with their nose in a book. The reading I do outside of school is mostly on social medias, articles and romance or mystery romance novels. The reading I do outside of school does not really connect with what I read in school because I do not read much on romance in school, but articles I can connect with, since we read a lot of articles in school and out. I enjoy articles about historical events. A  few take-aways from the article are, that across all cultures in every house hold there is some form of language, reading,  and writing.