Thursday, February 21, 2013

3rd Reading Goal-- for March 7th!

All right, folks-- we won't meet on the 28th because it is Book Fair Madness week, so this reading goal is 120 pages (60 pages/week).  We are going to page 356, Chapter 22, "The Dire Magnus."  That is VERY doable if you manage your time.  If you are behind right now, I suggest you add up how many pages total you will have to read to hit this goal, divide it by 14 and come up with a minimum pages to read per night.  It would be great if we call all be at the goal on March 7th, ready to discuss and finish the book together!

Chosen Reading Roles this week are:

1.  Scene Setter-- Dillon Silvernail
2.  Word Wizard--Eric Yi
3.  Summarizer/Illustrator-- Dhruv Patel
4.  Literary Luminary-- Divya Bhat
5.  Questioner-- Raven Moe
6.  Connector-- Emily Knight

I just re-shared the roles description with all of you, so revisit it if you're not sure what exactly you should be focusing in on as you're reading.  And use post-it notes!  If you need more, come see me.

That's it for now.  I'll post some discussion questions next week, so be checking the blog for those... and respond!  I want you guys to be discussing the reading together. 

Mrs. P

Friday, February 8, 2013

Second Reading Goal, Reading Roles + Discuss!

So we've set the next reading goal at p. 236, Chapter 14, "Granny Peet."  That's two goals about the same length as the first one, and ALMOST everyone reached it (Raven and Aly are exceptions to that statement).  We will meet next on Thursday, February 21st!  Yesterday, we also assigned roles for this first part, and they are as follows:

1. Scene Setter-- Raven
2.  Word Wizard-- Divya
3.  Summarizer-- Dhruv
4.  Illustrator--Dhruv
5.  Literary Luminary-- Alex
                                    6.  Questioner-- Aly
                                    7.  Connector-- Raven
Note that some folks have two roles; if you haven't been assigned one and want to grab a role, let me know!  Now, for some discussion questions.  Answer a few of these thoroughly and thoughtfully before our meeting on the 21st:

1.  Would you like to time travel?  Where would you go if you had to choose-- past or future?  Why?
2.  Why does Kate feel such huge responsibility for her siblings?  If you were in her shoes, would you feel the same?  Why or why not?
3.  Who is most like you-- Kate, Michael or Emma?  Why/How?
4.  Compare the different reception the children receive from Abraham, from Miss Sallow, and from Dr. Pym.  Why is Miss Sallow so unpleasant to them, you think?
5.  When they explore the house, why does Michael want to go through the door that appears in the basement wall?  Why does Kate allow them to go through?  Why does it take Kate longer than her siblings to accept that magic is real?

Lots to discuss! Hope to see posts from all of you soon.
 Have a great weekend,
Mrs. P

Friday, February 1, 2013

First Reading Goal

How's everyone feel about reading to page 79, chapter 6, "The Black Page?"  Can we make it there?

Happy Friday!
Mrs. P