I just finished up my sixth year of teaching, primarily at the 4th and 5th grade level. This next year I am moving to 7th and 8th grade. So I am trying to purge files, piles of #whoknowswhat and sell books. I have to make room for new books! If I had known I was moving to middle school, I would have been buying young adult books in paperbacks instead of all on my Kindle. Oh, well. Here are a few of the 300 or so books I am trying to sell, along with classroom stuff on Craigslist. (I kept about 150 of my books.) Anyone have any other good ideas of where to sell used teacher stuff?
I am finding my biggest challenge right now is choosing novels for 7th and 8th grade. I really want to have them read from a variety of genres, and it all feels important! I am trying to shorten my list to have realistic goals, but it is so hard. I have read about 6 books in the last week. I have about 20 more I want to read in the next couple weeks. I have packages arriving from Amazon every day. At least I have an excuse to buy books though! I have been getting a lot of the library though, too.
This last week I read all three books in the Ruby Red Trilogy. These were my fun reads. It was so entertaining! I really enjoyed it. It is a trilogy I plan on having in my classroom library. The main character finds out she is a time traveler. It has history, romance, mystery, some supernatural elements, and intrigue, so it is a fun mix of genres. I highly recommend them for a fun summer read.
I want to do a mystery unit with my middle schoolers, so I wanted to read some Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie. I read And Then There Were None on Sunday. I found it much easier to read than I expected, so I look forward to reading it with my 8th graders. It is supposed to be one of her more famous mysteries and one that is often read in 8th grade. Ten people are brought to an island for a holiday and accused of crimes. Then, they all start dying. I now want to read some more Agatha Christie, since I never had read any of her books.
I also read the Mysterious Benedict Society since we have a set of them at school. I thought it was a cute book, but much more appropriate for grades 4-6 than grades 7 or 8. A group of gifted kids have to solve a mystery and save the world from being brainwashed. If I had known about the book before, I would have been using it with my 4th and 5th graders. I love The Westing Game, but this is a much easier read so it would have been a great choice for a lower reading group.
I also want to do a drama unit with my middle schoolers. My 7th graders will read A Christmas Carol. With 8th grade, I want to do a Shakespeare. I am thinking maybe The Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, or Romeo and Juliet. I reread The Taming of the Shrew this week and now I need to read The Tempest. The Taming of the Shrew really is so witty. It is an easy way to introduce kids to Shakespeare.
That is what I have been working on. How is your summer going?