If you are going to buy a book . . .

We have 7 weeks of school left in my county.  Wow!  Is that right?  This year has gone so fast.  I haven’t posted on my blog like I should have this year.  But I’m going to make an effort to get back to posting more. . .  So to that end, here is a (very) short list of new-ish books I recommend for the 6-12 classroom that I shared with teachers today.

Professional Books:
Jennifer Serravallo’s The Writing Strategies Book

9780325078229*This book is a companion book to her The Reading Strategies Book.  Both are amazing.  They are great for making tools to use in conferencing small groups when students need additional support.

Kylene Beers & Bob Probst’s Disruptive Thinking: Why How We Read Matters81t8vhpu43l

*This book is hot off the press.  As in released on March 31, 2017.  While I have not read this book, Beers and Probst have posted several previews, and it promises to be as awesome as Notice and Note and Reading Nonfiction.  This book is all about strategies to help students become responsible and responsive readers with deep and critical understandings.  It also promises to challenge us as educators and disrupt our thinking.

Katherine Bomer’s 9780325061580 

*The book spoke to my soul.  It is a beautifully written book about the journey of essay writing.  There are tons of strategies, but perhaps most important, is the way she reframes the writing process and how we should approach it with our students.  This is a much needed resource for all our writing instruction.

Mentor Text Books:

Daniel James Brown’s The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics

*One of the best books I’ve read this year! It is too long to read aloud the entire book, theboysintheboatbut sections work beautifully to illustrate how narrative skills can be used in nonfiction writing.  Additionally, Daniel James Brown’s word choice makes for excellent mentor sentences.

Kwame Alexander’s The Crossover 

*We all know I’m in love with some Kwame Alexander, but that aside, this book is amazing. It’s a great read aloud book because 51njdbh2axlof its lyrical nature.  I would definitely practice before reading in front of the class though.  I would use this book as a realistic fiction and poetry mentor text.

R .J. Palacio’s Wonder wonder_cover_art

*While this book is at a lower reading level, it is so beautifully written and touching that I think it works for any grade level.  This
is a great example of realistic fiction, but I think the best leverage for this book as a mentor text is the character’s voice and the multiple points of view.  The book is written from several character’s points of view.  Palacio does an amazing job of bring each character to life.


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