Top Ten Tuesday is a meme supported by the blog The Broke and the Bookish that is so brilliant that I am both jealous and in new of it every time I come across it! It involves two of my favorite things. Books and lists that delude me into thinking that I have everything under control.
This week it is Top Ten School Freebies, which I am interpreting as Top Ten Books that supplement the subject. Brace yourself for teacher nerdiness. Not even joking. One of my goals this school year is to list a list of books to complement each of the subject’s unit. I didn't limit myself to ten books because I am the boss of this blog.
Science Bootcamp: We use standardized methods to understand natural phenomena and communicate our knowledge about it accurately.
This is an odd book and I am still torn about it. I really liked the writing and I loved Calpurnia but I struggled with the plot. Was something supposed to happen?
English Language and Literature
Persuasion/You CAN always get what you want: Using appropriate structures and supports will help you persuade others.
Mazerunner and Who Dat?
These were pretty much no brainers. While I am not a huge fan of the series, middle schoolers LURV them. I had one boy who came to my bookclub every week and no matter what topic we were talking about brought up these books.
What makes us or breaks us?: An individual’s attitude and/or actions can make a difference in a community, a society, and in the world.
by Walter Dean Myers
You really can't go wrong with Walter Dean Myers
Individuals and Societies:
Hungry for Change: Big change comes from small changes
MAD- Music, Art, Drama
The Beatles: Musical expression can be used to identify the particular features that define individuals
Leila Sales is pretty hit and miss with me. I was charmed by Past Perfect but underwhelmed by Tonight the Streets are Ours. This Song Will Save Your Life highlights all of the things that I love about this author and also explores the power that music can have in your everyday life.
Words cannot express how much I love this book. I love Andi in all her sad anger. I love the Paris setting which takes you past the postcard perfect images. A Christmas setting, mysterious boy, and a link to the French Revolution? Sign me up. Never has music been so much of a character. To the point where I went online to find the playlist and individually downloaded each song from iTunes.
Buffalo/Western New York (holla!), the Blizzard of '77 (is this something that people outside Buffalo even remember), and a boy from the Tuscarora Indian Reservation (whose voice is spot on to my reading) blend into an emotional, funny, and heartfelt book. And yes, music is a big part of Shoe's story. More people should read this book!