(2014) Jonas = Harry Potter?

The following rerun was supposed to be posted last night while I was watching the season premiere of Survivor. As you can probably tell from the title, we are reading The Giver right now. And they are digging it. You know how it goes with this one: “This is weird.” Yes. It is. I told […]

“You May Lie” (as Always)

We’re reading The Giver right now. Most years this is the first book I make them read mostly at home. After reading The Outsiders and The Midwife’s Apprentice and Maus almost entirely out loud in class and demoing to them how to do this, I usually cut them loose on The Giver and go old […]

Ooooh, He’s Hawt!

I know I am probably behind the curve on this one, but since we just finished The Giver, it was big news for my classes and me. The long-awaited movie version will actually be a reality. August 15th is the date it is scheduled to hit a theater near you. Jeff Bridges, who was the […]

Jonas = Harry Potter?

You thought I was dun fer, as ol’ Huck might have said. But as the late, lamented Mrs. Krabapple used to say, HA!  To paraphrase Sir Mixalot… Baby, I’m back. As you can probably tell from the title, we are reading The Giver right now. And they are digging it. You know how it goes […]

Questions and Answers (re: Giver)

“So what exactly is a cult?” “A baby horse.” (No lie. I got it all day on Monday.) “A bunch of people who wear robes.” “So if I wear a robe, I could be in a cult?” “Yeah!” “They chant and moan a lot.” “And sing really bad in a weird language.” (me) “I think […]

Turkey Baster?

It’s Giver time, and we hit chapter 5 today. The Stirrings! One of my favorite things to read aloud to a class of easily embarrassed 7th graders.  Today, I’m going to rerun the post from this time a few years ago (2009!), when there was a decidedly vocal reaction to Jonas’s dream. I’ll be back […]

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