Monthly Archives: April 2012

Reflection on Reading Aloud

“Books can add immeasurable richness to our daily lives. Books enhance our knowledge and experience, help us to solve problems, and can provide pleasure and relaxation. Although the value of literature may vary from individual to individual, literature’s greatest value … Continue reading

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Ghost Town At Sundown

Osbourne, Mary Pope.  1997.  Ghost Town At Sundown. New York:  NY.  Scholastic, Inc. This book was one of the selections chosen by Scholastic as being similar in genre to Neil Gaiman’s book, The Graveyard Book.  The grade level equivalent is … Continue reading

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Neil Gaiman’s Acceptance Speech

I very much believe that Neil Gaiman deserved to win the Newbery Award Medal for his book, The Graveyard Book. The idea for his book was unique and just beyond believable.  All of Bod’s experiences were real boy experiences, but … Continue reading

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The Graveyard Book

Gaiman, Neil and Dave McKean.  The Graveyard Book.  (2008). New York:  Harper Collins Publishers. Summary:     Chapters 1 through 5 This book begins with a murder scene.  For a reason unknown to us, as readers, the family is cruelly stabbed at the … Continue reading

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The Graveyard Book

Gaiman, Neil and Dave McKean.  The Graveyard Book.  (2008). New York:  Harper Collins Publishers. Summary:     Chapters 6 through 8   I can’t believe it!  I was caught in the mystery right along with Bod and Scarlett!  I was so glad that … Continue reading

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Revisiting Read Aloud: Strategies that Encourage Student Engagement with Text

Morrison, Vanessa and Lisa Wieodarczyk.  2009. Revisiting Read-Aloud, Instructional Strategies That Encourage Students’ Engagement with Texts. International Reading Association.  The Reading Teacher.  Volume 63, Number 2. In this article, reading is described as a “transactional process”.  “The reader must transact … Continue reading

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I Broke My Trunk!

Willems, Mo.  (2011)  I Broke My Trunk!  New York:  Hyperion Books for Children. This book is too cute!  The elephant, Gerald, breaks his trunk.  He finds his friend, Piggie, to tell him about it.  Piggie is surprised to see his … Continue reading

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