Oy, February. With the rain and the cold and full weeks of school and the hey hey hey; it's just too much.
I started teaching a graphic novel elective last week (also: the return of Scrabble! which in three short years has grown from six die-hard players into the Most Desirable Elective with The Longest Wait List, rivalled only by Israeli Cooking, which -- come on -- has weekly food! That's right, haters! Scrabble rises supreme).
Right, so, the graphic novel elective is a combination of Reading, Sharing and Writing (we all read some together, we share what we've read outside, and then we write our own). First classwide book is Bone, which everyone loves and I would have thought everyone would have read, but no. That's next week. For this week I modelled a sharing with this unsung gem:
whose name pretty much says it all. Ninjas are awesome.
Up next is The Arrival, an absolutely stunning book with no words at all. Have I talked about this before? Every time I think about it, I'm awed anew. Run right out and be absorbed by this. It requires several readings but is worth every second.