A week of Linda Sue Park books!
It's been fun to start reading A SINGLE SHARD in class, a book about a homeless boy in 12th century Korea who wants to be a potter and starts work as an apprentice--although so far he's mostly only chopped wood and dug for clay at the riverbank. Students also began reading their independent books, choosing from a number of Linda Sue Park books for their independent read. While we will have some reading time in class, it's expected that students mostly read these at home.
Many students in fact, have already finished theirs, and moved on to a 2nd or even 3rd option. It's fun to have so many kids being able to read and talk about each of these books. Their book review is not due until November 16, but I have encouraged the ones who have finished with their reading to start the review now, as I suspect it will be harder the further removed they are from the reading.
I have so far checked in with all the students on their independent reading to make sure they are understanding the books. If they seem to be struggling, please encourage them to come to me! It's also perfectly acceptable to have them listen to audiobook versions or read aloud with them.
In class today, we also worked on highlighting their vocabulary lists. PINK for words they found really challenging, GREEN for words they found really easy (I said only green if you could define this word and use it in a sentence in your sleep while someone was shouting at you). I suspect some students highlighted more GREEN words that truly fit into that definition, but that's still a good way to reflect on what we know and what we think we know. We've been playing some vocabulary games in class as well, and it's interesting to see how even words we think are really easy become harder when you have to think of a definition for it.