It was bad enough that Alex had flaunted his life choices in front of his family, but when he’d left them high and dry, with barely a word? That was unforgivable. Not that Rob had any intention of forgiving Alex for what he’d done. Not when Alex had deserted him when Rob had needed him the most.
Because your behavior back then just screamed ‘I need you, please don’t leave’?
Charlotte's Web is a classic book that teaches so many lessons that will be valuable to children. The story line grabs you in and the characters are easy to relate to and fall in love with. I like that this is a chapter book that isn't too difficult for learners. I would use this book in my class to teach about central messages in a text. As a class I would use a class chart to write a major event in the book and what the central message of that event was.The students would help me find the central message and I would write them down as they shared ideas.
Accelerated Reader Level: 4.4
I can not say enough good things about this story. I read this book as a child, and have re-read it as an adult. The message still holds true! The text is so rich and filled with sensory details. I would love to do an entire novel study on this book. I would start by reading the chapters aloud to students. This would be a wonderful time to reflect on the language and have them turn and talk to discuss specific phrases. I would use this book in science lessons and study spiders! I would ask students to draw and label the parts of a spider. I would also extend this theme into writing. I would give the students several prompts while covering this text, such as: Would you like to have a pet pig? How did Charlotte save Wilbur's life? Choose an adjective that describes you; draw it in a web and write a paragraph explaining why you chose it. A fun way to end this unit would be to act out the story, or to watch the movie!
Guided Reading - R
Lexile - 680L
DRA - 40
AR - 4.4
More Murderbot! If you enjoyed All Systems Red then you will enjoy this new installment in the continuing adventures of Murderbot. Using the same snarky and awkward voice we've come to love, the Murderbot gets a little more information on its history and meets some new characters along the way. I particularly enjoyed ART and their interactions. I was worried the sequel might not be able to recapture the unique feel established in the first novella, but this did not disappoint. Intriguing, insightful, and funny, these stories are now officially among my favorites. I look forward to joining Murderbot on many new adventures in the future!