Ralph Fletcher will be at our school in May to talk to students and work with teachers. Squee!
I am reading Marshfield Dreams: When I Was a Kid, a memoir about his childhood. Can you imagine being told by classmates that your mom was having another kid? That happened to him. I love how he describes learning about wild mushrooms: “Mom said to think of them as strangers–some are good, some are bad, and since you couldn’t tell the difference it was best to leave them alone.”
This is a book that kids will read and make connections. It is a book that teachers can use as a mentor text.
Another book by Fletcher that I am sharing with students is A Writer’s Notebook: Unlocking the Writer Within You. It details ideas and suggestions for any young writer who wants to keep a notebook. Last week I had a great discussion with third graders on how Fletcher hooked you into reading by describing an interesting ditch and what he found in the ditch and then leaping into a comparison of the ditch to a writer’s notebook. He has also included guest chapters about notebooks. One of them is one of my favorite poets, Naomi Shihab Nye.
I AM hosting the Nonfiction Monday. If you have read other posts of mine you may be aware that my district wants to change my job significantly ( no more teaching but in two schools) so my brain has been on other things. Apologies.
Today at Lori Calabrese Writes!, there’s a review of She Sang Promise.
Shelf Employed features Argh! Check out Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship. Fascinating.
At The Cat & The Fiddle, Michelle M. has an interview with Edward Einhorn, author of the math book A Very Improbable Story (a mixture of probability and magic)
Bookends is celebrating the last week of National Poetry Month with a post for Losing Season, an adult poetry collection/verse novel by Jack Ridl, which has teen appeal.
Read about Global Warming, by Seymour Simon at Charlotte’s Library .