New Book Selections!
It was great to see everyone back in class after the long holiday break! The students were eager to share their book selections and to vote for our final two books of the semester. They all took a few minutes to share what they feel makes a "good book". The top criteria were: interesting, memorable characters; exciting stories filled with adventure and action; humor; and well... "not too much" drawn out, descriptive writing!
The students then carefully evaluated eight books which they had put up for consideration, based on my reading of synopses. Votes were cast by secret ballot for their top two choices. It turned out to be a fairly unanimous vote for the following two books:
We will spend the next two weeks/classes reading and discussing The Whipping Boy and then finish out our Literature class with Emil's Pranks. Students should read Chapters 1-10 of The Whipping Boy in preparation for our next class meeting.
We spent the rest of the class playing Literary Bingo. Students were asked to listen to a definition or example of a literary element and then locate the matching element on their bingo cards. Many of these elements (plot, setting, genre, theme) are ones we have discussed in class or illustrated with class project work. However, several terms were more challenging and new to the students. It was a fun and relaxing way to remind the students of these common literary terms. I've provided the list of terms and definitions (HERE) and would encourage all students to look these over. You just never know when another round of literary bingo may strike!