This is a wonderful opportunity to meet 21 local Bay Area authors and get some Christmas shopping done, too! These authors of fiction and nonfiction will share their work, their processes, and their inspirations. Come support our talented neighbors and find out what's happening in the local literary community! Martin Luther King, Jr. Library,… Continue reading Join me at LocalLit 2018!
Over my lifetime so far, I've had careers in retail management, human resources, teaching, and now writing. I've attended, and presented at, many conferences and staff development seminars. I always come away from these experiences energized and motivated, ready to take on the world and succeed! Recently, I took an online Continuing Studies class at… Continue reading Professional Development
And the winner is...House of Hades by Rick Riordan! Some students voted for it because Hunger Games, its opponent, had won before and they wanted to see a book win for the first time. In order to showcase the diversity of reading interests for my sixth graders over the years, here is the list of… Continue reading Winner Novel Madness 2018!
Our novel competition is heating up! This week we said goodbye to some favorites.The remaining books will face off on Monday. These are four very different books, which makes for an interesting matchup. Here they are: Matilda by Roald Dahl vs. House of Hades by Rick Riordan Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins vs. Walk… Continue reading Novel Madness 2018–Semifinal Round!
To find out about this contest in my sixth grade classroom, go here. Here are the results of Round One, paired with their new opponents for Round Two, which takes place tomorrow. Good luck! Matilda by Roald Dahl vs. The Maze Runner by James Dashner Frindle by Andrew Clements vs. House of… Continue reading Novel Madness 2018–ROUND TWO
Every year in March, to coincide with basketball's March Madness, my sixth graders participate in Novel Madness to choose their favorite novel of all time. They brainstorm their top sixteen favorites, then pair up to create persuasive speeches. Here are this year's top 16: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate Hunger Games… Continue reading Novel Madness 2018