Literature Summary 11/26/2012
The Tree Gap News Team!
We wrapped up our discussion of Tuck Everlasting this week with a "live" news broadcast of breaking stories from the investigative reporting team of the Tree Gap News.
Students read aloud the news articles they had written and based on exciting incidents from the book. They did a great job including facts from the story, along with their own creative twists.
We talked about the value of developing good public speaking skills, and worked on reading the articles with strong voice projection and clear articulation (and of course, a fair bit of drama!)
And Our Next Book Selection Is...
Students will now begin reading Ben and Me by Robert Lawson. This is a delightful tale of Benjamin Franklin's life and work, told through the eyes of his clever mouse companion, Amos. As a work of historical fiction, it will allow us to explore the ideas, inventions, and discoveries of one of America's most famous and inspiring men; all from the perspective of a most witty and amusing mouse!
Students should read the Forward and Chapters 1-4 for next weeks class discussion. Homework sheets were sent home.
This week we also began "What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?" as a read-aloud in class. This is a short, engaging biography meant to provide the students with an introduction and further background information on Franklin's life. We will continue reading this book together in class, as we discuss Ben and Me and work on related in-class projects.
Happy Reading! See you all on Monday.
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