Saturday, July 20, 2019

5 Books that were Disappointing

At the end of the year, I asked my fifth grade students to create their own Book List, themed however they wished. Click our Best Book tag for more lists or #iLoveMG for individual books recommended by my fifth graders. (Please note that my fifth graders read a wide variety of books across a wide variety of genres, levels, and topics. Do not think that these books are "only" for fifth graders.) Check out #3rdfor3rd for kid recommendations from when I taught third grade.

5 Books that were Disappointing

List by SN

Heart of a Samurai
Sign of the Beaver
Island of Blue Dolphins
Stone Fox

* Note: This list generated quite the discussion among the class - with both agreements and vehement disagreements! (All of these were books assigned by teachers in third through fifth grade - Hatchet was from me.)

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  1. Many books are labeled as "disappointments" simply because they are assigned. Some are disappointments because we "teach" them to death. I've really enjoyed (and my students and I have benefitted from) the book WHOLE NOVELS FOR THE WHOLE CLASS by Ariel Sacks - THE OUTSIDERS is now just as fun for the kids as it always was for us, and it's only two weeks instead of eight, and there are no in-class discussions run by the teacher... it was a game-changer. Thank you for sharing!!

    1. Thanks for the tip, Joy! A couple of the ones on this list were done as whole class novels, while others were in book club small group discussions. I have found that giving students choice makes a BIG difference too!


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