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Did any special person read to you when you were a child? How about as an adult? This is my fifth year teaching Language Arts at Vermilion Country School. I openly share my reading comprehension struggles with my students. When I read out loud, I experience metacognition as the story vividly appears in my mind. Raising two daughters also helped rack up hours of reading children's books. I read picture books, short stories, and poetry to the students at the start of each class period, because nobody is ever too old to be read to.
First quarter short stories/picture books I've shared thus far:
Through the Cracks by Carolyn Sollman, Barbara Emmons, and Judith Paolini
A story about student engagement issues in todays' classrooms.
Be Good to Eddie Lee by Virginia Fleming and Illustrated by Floyd Cooper
A well illustrated story about nature and accepting each other with all our differences.
Thank You Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
Patricia is one of my favorite authors who weaves her life stories throughout a number of different titles. The students learn about relating text to text with these picture books as many characters turn up in her other stories. She also approaches topics such as bullying, struggles to learn and family.
"For Pete's Snake" by Ellen Conford
VCS students adopted a pet snake last year and overcame some phobias. In this story, however, the brother's fear of snakes was paired with thunderstorms and remained terrified.
"Licked" by Paul Jennings
Totally reigned in on the gross factor for middle school with this story as this boy plays a prank on his dad.
"A Child Slave in California" by Kristin Lewis
An introduction to informational text with a high interest topic of human trafficking.
"37 Who Saw Murder Didn't Call the Police" by Martin Gansberg
A well known narration of the 1964 New York murder teaches us about bystanders.
"Pricilla and the Wimps" by Richard Peck
A narrative with an ironic twist at the end to teach us a lesson about bullying behavior.
"Dead Men Floating" by Danielle Denega
Halloween is just around the corner, so this informational article about the 1993 floods fit in nicely.
"The Landlady" by Roald Dahl
One my favorite short stories about a middle aged women seeking young handsome men. Roald Dahl's creative mind gets a bit rogue.
I have other special picture books set aside to read for Veteran's Day, holidays and social/environmental justice topics. Theater is my passion and the prosody shows through when I read, but as with anything in life, sometimes we tire of the same ol same...VCS students need other voices in the classes reading aloud. I would like to invite you to be a guest reader if you have a favorite picture book or story. Call us and arrange a few minutes. We would love to hear from you.