"Some books leave us free and some books make us free." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Whole Class Read Aloud Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
Amanda's Group The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Amy's Group The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
Deb's Group Frindle by Andrew Clements
Books that we've finished this year:
Whole Class: Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
For literature, we use Nancie Atwell's approach to reading. Students read independent books of their choice. We check in with students to ensure that they are making adequate progress. Every couple of weeks, students write Literature Letters, analyzing books that they have completed. Along with the Nancie Atwell approach, we also do a group read aloud. We discuss the book as we read. Typically, students have a mini-lesson and a small assignment each week.