Anyone ever read A CHILD CALLED IT in class?

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  1. miatorres

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    In Los Angeles Unified, we have lots of struggling readers and writers. We are thinking of using A CHILD CALLED IT in middle school and high school.

    Do you have any suggestions for some book related activities for this book?

    Many, many thanks!
     
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    I don't know of any activities, but that is a very, very emotional book and will probably spark quite a bit of discussion.
     
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    I've never taught it, but I have that whole book series in my classroom library.
     
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    Is this the story by Dave Pelzer? If so, I read it, cried, and loved it! This could be a springboard for discussion about nature vs. nurture. Wasn't he abused and kind of distanced from society?? I may be thinking of another book. :confused:
     
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    Miss Frizzle,
    I am so happy that you loved A CHILD CALLED IT! Yes, you just described the book perfectly!

    Thanks,
    Mia
     
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    I don't think I could use it in my classroom - I don't want my students seeing me cry like a big baby! LOL!
     
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    I don't think I would read this in my class. I could hardly get through it without crying. There's no way at all I would read the second one either.
     
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    I would be afraid it could be too traumatic for middle schoolers. I remember being traumatized when I read it, and I'm an adult. Its a great book, but tough subject matter.
     
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    I agree about the subject matter. Awesome books, but maybe TOO close to home for some. It would really depend on your students and your "trust factor" in the classroom. I have a feeling some administrators would be skittish about having it used.

    But keep us posted if you do use it!!
     
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    It's pretty a mature subject matter for middle school- do you have to pass it through a committee or something first?
     
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    Oh my gosh, please don't make middle school kids read that book. I had to read it for my ed. degree. I threw it out afterwards. It is so emotionally devastating, my daughter's in 11th grade and I wouldn't want her to read it. With all the lit out there why choose this?
     
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    Mia

    Dave also wrote another book, called ( i think) Help Yourself. Now that might be a better book because it talks about "winning" and positive attitudes. You could really go places with that in Middle School.
     
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    I think it's a book that anyone who works with children should read. But I think it's pretty heavy for middle school kids... I had a hard time reading it in college!
     
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    For those of you that liked the book, I always loved 'They Cage the Animals at Night.' Similar story, also based on a real person's experience. It is very moving.
     
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    yes, that one's really good. So are Torey Hayden's books... again... moving books, but I wouldn't use it in middle or high school!
     
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    I have not taught the book in my class, however, I know that I can't keep it on my shelf and I teach ninth graders. They love it. I have had kids come and tell me they could nto even put it down to go to sleep - I like that, if it is interesting to them, it makes them want to read. Isn't that our goal?

    Chrissy
     
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    How about the book, Dibs in Search of Self? I heard it is good.
     
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    Dibs is a good book. I had to read both for my ed classes and enjoyed this one. If you haven't read it, I recommend it...the whole parent...child....teacher connection.
     
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    I just joined today and can't seem to stop myself from replying to threads! lol
    Anyway, I teach 7th grade lang./lit. and one of my kids recommended that book to me early last year. I read it and loved it but cried a good bit, too.
    I think it is a super book for reluctant readers because it's so hard to put down. However, I agree that it is pretty heavy...so what about setting up a unit including several books on the theme of overcoming trauma or obstacles and letting the kids chose from 4 or 5 books. Each book group could meet and discuss the books they are reading. That way, not every student would be "forced" to read the book if they were uncomfortable with its content, but all would be reading about the same theme. You could still have class discussions where all the kids come together to answer broader questions dealing with that theme.
    This might be a good compromise...
     

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