From the ideas presented below, select two ideas that you haven’t ever tried but that might work in your teaching context. If you’ve used all the ideas, discuss your experiences with two of them. Feel free to, instead, discuss ideas not on the list. Explain why you like them and how you might go about implementing each idea.
Total # of words minimum: 150.
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In each square, tell something about the book.
Square #1 = an event in the beginning of the book
Square #2 = an event in the middle of the book
Square #3 = an event in the ending of the book
Square #4 = who the main characters are and how you know they are main characters
Square #5 = who the minor characters are and how you know they are minor characters
Square #6 = what the climax of the story was
Squares $7-9 = optional, e.g., a drawing of a scene from the book, key words/expressions/dialogue from the book, a short bio of the author, a summary of the book, a rating of the book, or use another idea from one of the other ideas in this list.
One change that I will make is to have the students put an illustration or border on each quilt square. I will also encourage my students to accessorize their squares with buttons, ribbons, glitter, etc. I find that students enjoy being able to tap into their creative side and have a center in the back of the room that has all of these supplies available to any of their works
They could then rate the websites by a rating scale and choose the best sites related to their book to share with the rest of the class on the big screen. These links could then be placed on our classroom website to share with the world.
I asked students to bring or just talk about a book that made an impact on them at any time in their lives. I modeled a book that was meaningful to me from when I was very young called “Cry Baby Calf”. The book made a lasting impression on me, not because it was great literature, but because it represented a special time I spent with my grandmother, Florence. I would sit on her lap and she would read to me, making the book sound so interesting and fun, even though she must have read it hundreds of times. In my classroom, as students shared about their special book, others wanted to join in and talk about special, meaningful moments in their lives, as well. This helps students get to know something special and personal about each other.