Discussion in 'General Education' started by HufflePuff, Oct 3, 2009.
Oct 3, 2009
If they could be focused on character ed that would ROCK!
The Giver by Lois Lowry!!!!!!!!!!!!! :thumb:
I skipped over a couple parts I was uncomfortable with, but it is my favorite book by far and definitely can be used for character ed!
Loser, by Jerry Spinelli. Although it is very funny at parts, I think it makes students think about how they treat others!
Turn Homeward Hannalee
Shades of Gray
I respectfully disagree with reading The Giver with students who are much younger than seventh grade. The puberty issues and also the euthanasia are topics that I think are best left until students are more developmentally ready to talk about them.
I know that some students are ready earlier than others for some topics, but as a read aloud I would hold off.
Fifth graders might enjoy some of Margaret Peterson Haddix's books. Perhaps also Hoot by Carl Hiassen.
No Talking (it often begins a no talking challenge among them which I LOVE! )
Last year, I read aloud Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry since it is my favorite book. The kids love it, too. They follow it really well. However, I do think it is better suited for a novel study where everyone has their own copy.
Oct 4, 2009
Every year I read Gentle Ben to my students. They fall in love with the main character, who is learning to take on more responsibility and to deal with the loss of his brother. This classic is fantastic for character ed. and my students love the cliff hangers!
My 6th graders are really enjoying Schooled by Gordon Korman. Bullying, charity and capitalism are all topics that are explored. The students and I think it's one of the funniest books EVER and we can't wait to read it. There is a discussion guide online if you google it that you can use for your character education. You can get very creative with the activities that you can do with this book.
This is my favorite book. I have taught it to my extended sixth grade students, and with proper instruction they were able to appreciate the novel. I did, though, make them promise me they would read the book again in several years to discover things about Jonas and his community they didn't the first time through.
However, we do not have a class of extended students this year, and as much as it breaks my heart, I will not be teaching the novel. Many sixth graders would not understand it, much less fifth graders.
Also, it just really...bothers me...that components of Lowry's story were omitted.
I love The Skin I'm In, which could be especially wonderful depending upon your student population. I read it with sixth graders, and I think it would be appropriate for fifth graders, but I would want to make sure.
I prefer The Giver for 6th grade. I found Loser way too sad to read aloud.
My Side of the Mountain
Frindle (beginning of year)
Number the Stars (end of year)
The Landry News
Dear Levi (about westward expansion)
Sahara Special (about special ed)
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selnick.
beginning of the year read aloud
I start off each year with Frindle. The kids really enjoy the humor and then whenever they need to spell a word, I pully a Mrs. Granger and tell them to look it up!
I love The Giver, but we did it in eigth grade. I can understand that some would feel it's a little too old for fifth graders. Number the Stars was also great; I think we did that in seventh grade. What about From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler or The Phantom Tollbooth. Both are great, have good lessons for children, and they both have movies you can show afterwards. I'm not an English teacher, though, so I don't know if they fit this age or are two young/old.
Oct 5, 2009
Oh, I had forgotten about Loser, Number the Stars, and Rules...all good choices!
While I agree that The Giver is more suited to upper middle school grades for a novel study or Literature Circle choice, I found that it was a good choice for a read aloud. It would depend on my group of kids and their maturity level, but it worked well for us. I did, unfortunately, feel the need to skip over the part about Jonas taking pills that kept him from sexual desires (NOT worded that way in the book, by the way) and the part about Jonas having a dream that his friend was bathing an old person. As far as the parts about "releasing" babies and old people, my kids did well with it. Again, it would depend on your group. It has been a couple years since I taught 5th grade, so maybe I had to censor more than I remember. I think you should read it and decide. It's an easy and really good read with many, many possibilities for discussion!
Oct 11, 2009
Please check with your vertical team in middle school. Some of the books you mentioned might already be in use in an upper grade. A book we use as a class novel was read aloud by a classroom teacher in 6th grade last year. Now I have to find another book to read with my class.
wow! thanks guys! i am trying to convince my p to let us do read aloud once or twice a week..he hasn't gotten back to me yet.
and luckily, i taught in the middle school last year, so I know all the books they taught.
I'm not trying to be mean, but I can't believe people read The Giver with their younger students but censor such important details. That breaks my heart. Why not just leave it for them to read when they are older?
There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom...great for bullying lessons.
We read this novel during the year and I know it is going to make me cry!
I read it over the summer by the pool and I cried LOL. So good though.
Oct 12, 2009
I have read this almost every year to my 5th graders. I did delete some of the bad language, but the message is clear-be yourself,especially as you enter middle school. My kids ALWAYS love it.
My 5th graders are enjoying My Teacher is an Alien right now, and all I can say is they DO NOT want me to stop! Great, fun, story!
I read this book to my 5th graders at the beginning of the year every year.