6.28.2017

Summer Reading & Best New Books

Reading List for 2017 www.traceeorman.com


Best Reading Picks for 2017 OR Books to Stock in Your Classroom Library...
What are you reading (or want to read) this summer? Are you looking for some suggested books for your classroom library? I added (or plan to add) these books this year and am hoping to find time to read and re-read them this summer and fall.

Please contribute to my list with your own suggestions in the comment section below! (Note: These books include associate links to Amazon.com at the bottom of the page, but you can probably find the books at your local library or bookstore of your choice.)


CURRENT EVENTS AND SOCIAL INJUSTICE

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - New Books www.traceeorman.com
1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
I read this book when it was first released earlier this year. It took me just a day and a half, but I had to stop several times for emotional breaks. It's a powerful book and gives the reader a first-person look at a shooting of a young black man by a white police officer from the teenage perspective. Every teen (heck, every human) can benefit from reading this book. It may just change the way many think about movements like #BlackLivesMatter. This is one that I would love to incorporate into my high school curriculum. At the very least, it is a MUST for your classroom library. 

2. All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
Two alternating perspectives about the fallout from one explosive event of police violence. There's some language, but overall it should be appropriate for middle and high school students. It's another contemporary book dealing with race, police brutality, stereotypes, and white privilege. Though the hardcover was released in 2015, the paperback will come out this fall.


FANTASY

3. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
I really fell in love with Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy (if you haven't read that, DO SO NOW! It's so good.), so I look forward to reading this novel. It IS a two-book series, so if you hate waiting for the second book to be published, you may want to wait to read this one. It's a fantasy novel about dreams and a mythical lost city called Weep. It's hard to imagine she'll be able to top her previous work, but if she comes close, this book will become a new favorite of mine.


ROMANCE & HEARTBREAK

4. What Light by Jay Asher
Books to Add to Your Classroom Library for 2017 www.traceeorman.comNew fans this winter were introduced to Jay Asher via the Netflix series of his novel Thirteen Reasons Why. Asher's newest novel (released last fall) is a much more light-hearted love story, though it does deal with themes of forgiveness and shame. Teens will resonate with the main characters and adults will be reminded of their first love.

5. & 6. Everything, Everything and The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
With the release of Nicola Yoon's first novel as a movie this summer, it's a great time to read (or re-read) Everything, Everything. It came out in 2015 and has received praise by authors and readers alike. Her latest novel, The Sun is Also a Star (released in November 2016), has received similar accolades. Though both books are about love and overcoming obstacles, they are both unique. Many praise the fact that Yoon includes diversity in her characters, which is often lacking in young adult literature.


ADDICTIVE SERIES


7. Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, Book 2) By Cassandra Clare
Fans of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series will be happy to know the second book in her new Dark Artifices series is out. This Shadowhunters book continues where Lady Midnight left off.

8. Generation One (Lorien Legacies Reborn) By Pittacus Lore
The author of the I Am Number Four series is back with a new series that takes place a year after United as One. Because of the "Loric energy" that the Garde spread to protect humans during the war, human teenagers began to develop powers of their own. This series follows the Garde's efforts to train the teenagers to control their powers.



HISTORY (WWII)

9. The Nightingale: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
Not only is this a great historical novel, its hero is a female based on a real-life World War II hero, Andree de Jongh. She creates an escape route out of Nazi Germany and her efforts are overlooked by the enemy because they don't believe a woman would be capable of such a feat. The novel celebrates this unsung bravery. While the hardback has been out for a few years, the paperback was released this year, making it more affordable for your classroom library.

10. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Here's another best-seller that was released in paperback this year. Set in World War II France and Germany, it brings together a blind French girl and an orphaned German boy on opposite sides of the war front. It's beautifully written and rich with figurative language.


CONTEMPORARY RE-TELLINGS & MUSIC

Bull by David Elliott - New Books www.traceeorman.com
11. Bull by David Elliott
Author David Elliott takes the story of Theseus and the Minotaur and updates it with a modern twist: the story is written entirely in verse, with rhymes that will catch the attention of your high school students. Many critics compare it to Lin-Manuel Miranda's retelling of Hamilton with equal commendations.

12. Solo by Kwame Alexander {Available August 1st} 
This new book by authors Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess is written in poetic verse. It's about a 17-year-old boy who finds out he's not who he thought he was and seeks to find his birth mother. Classic rock by Metallica, Lenny Kravitz, and more is interwoven with original verse to tell the hero's journey in a unique and refreshing way.


HIGH-INTEREST NON-FICTION

13. Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin
This is a great read for those reluctant readers; though it's introduced on the premise of being a sports underdog story, your students will become engrossed in all the obstacles faced by Thorpe and his teammates. It allows for discussions on racism, persecution, determination, and hard work. It is definitely suitable for middle-school students.

14. Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman
Vincent van Gogh wrote over 600 letters to his brother Theo; the author uses these letters and more to paint a picture of the love the brothers had for one another. This biography is well researched and riveting.

15. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie
Warning: This book contains profanity and adult situations that are not suited for younger readers. Students who will gravitate toward this will be those who may have read Alexie's novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian or those who have had difficult relationships with a parent. But it is a powerful and heart-wrenching read for anyone. I recommend this for upperclassmen (junior/senior level) and mature underclassmen. His writing style alone is worthy of exploration by students.


COMING THIS FALL 

Don't miss these books by your favorite authors this fall. They are sure to be in high demand by your students.

16. Warcross by Marie Lu {Availablein September 12th}
From the author of the Legend and Young Elites trilogies, Marie Lu writes about an addictive video game and the hackers hired to flesh out those who are betting illegally on the game. Your students who love technology and gaming will be enthralled.

17. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera {Available September 5th}
Two boys are given the news that it is their last day to live; they decide to make the most of their last day by packing in a lifetime of memories.

18. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green {Available October 10th}
It's a new John Green novel; what more needs to be said? If you are, however, curious about the title and plot of the story, learn more via Entertainment Weekly's post here: Everything We Know About John Green's New Book


You can find the books on Amazon here:

    


    


  


  


  


    

    


What are YOU reading this summer?

Which books do you recommend adding to your classroom library this fall?

Please comment below to contribute to the conversation!


1.20.2017

Spread Kindness Free Teaching Resources #kindnessnation #weholdthesetruths

Free Resources on TeachersPayTeachers to Promote Kindness, Empathy, and Civics



As a new president is ushered into the White House today, Americans will be feeling a wide range of emotions. So will our students. It's important to help them adjust to this change in leadership in the most positive way we know how: by emphasizing the values and character traits we have always taught and modeled.

To help teachers everywhere, a group of TeachersPayTeachers sellers are offering resources FREE (most of them will be free forever) to help teach and model traits such as kindness, empathy, and civics. 


You can find these resources by searching TeachersPayTeachers using the hashtags:

and

Here are my free products (ALL will be forever freebies):

Free Kindness Quote Writing prompt #KindnessNation





I will be adding more from my fellow TpT sellers over the weekend, as well, so make sure to stop back to get those freebies. Here are some to get you started:





From my favorite font artist, Kimberly Geswein:




















Special thanks to Jillian Starr who created the top image for TeachersPayTeachers. You can visit her blog here: www.starrspangledplanner.com.

1.01.2017

New Year TeachersPayTeachers Giveaway

New Year TeachersPayTeachers Giveaway www.traceeorman.com

THANK YOU ALL FOR ENTERING!
Our four winners (via Random.org) are: J'Marie Jones, Meg Peitzmeier, Renea Canales, and Lindsey Knight
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Happy New Year! I'd like to take a moment to express my appreciation to the folks at TeachersPayTeachers, as well as to you, my fellow teachers. Without all of you, I probably wouldn't be writing this blog, I definitely wouldn't be sharing my resources with teachers around the world, or donating to so many charities, to our school and students, and to my fellow teachers via DonorsChoose.org and various giveaways. For this ability to give back to so many, especially, I am extremely grateful.

In addition, I am thankful for my family, friends, and colleagues. After losing both of my parents within the past two years, I have a new outlook on what is truly important in life and these people mean more to me than anything else. 💕

New Year 2017 Giveaway TeachersPayTeachers Gift Cards www.traceeorman.comSHARING OUR GRATITUDE
TeachersPayTeachers was generous enough to send me two $25 gift cards to give away to my followers. In the spirit of giving, I purchased two additional $25 gift cards so FOUR teachers could each win one. We want you to know that we truly appreciate each and every one of you.

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I can't wait to read your comments. Thanks, in advance, for sharing what you are thankful for.

HAPPY NEW YEAR, Friends!

12.29.2016

New Year Resolutions & Goals Activities

New Years Goals Activities


If you are looking for some activities to use with your students when you return to school, you're in the right place. My 2017 New Year Activities are appropriate for middle and high school students, though I've had some upper-elementary teachers tell me they love using them with their students, as well.

The bundle comes with eight activities, paper-saver options, and four interactive-notebook activities. The activities vary, but practice critical-thinking and writing skills. There's also an outlet for your creative students.

SET GOALS
Have your students set goals for the remainder of the school year (or the year in general) with these visual-appealing 2017 prompts. Students love to decorate them and they make great bulletin-board displays.
New Year Activities for Students

New Year Activities for Students

Examples of classroom displays from previous years:
New Year Activities for Students - Classroom Display
New Year Activities for Students - Classroom Displays

New Year Activities for Students - Classroom Display


New Year Activities for Students - Classroom Display

Tag me on social media (@MrsOrman on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest; Mrs. Orman's Classroom on Facebook) if you display your class goals!


MAKE LISTS
My Top 20/Bottom 17 Activity forces students to dig deep and analyze their actions that can be helpful or harmful in achieving their goals and resolutions.
New Year Activity - Focus and Goal-Setting


SCAVENGER HUNT
Have some fun with a classroom scavenger hunt. Students have to find items that fit the 2017 clues. Then, they get to create their own scavenger hunt. This is a great activity to get your students up and moving around the room. It's perfect for a bell-ringer or exit slip activity, too.

New Year Activity - Scavenger Hunt


WRITING POETRY
Use the numbers in 2017 to write an acrostic poem. This can be challenging for younger students, though it seems simple. Some students like to choose just one word per line, but others will be more creative and use more than one word per line. However they wish to complete their poem is always fine with me. I never like to place limits on their creativity.

New Year Activity - Acrostic Poem


CLOSE READING POETRY ANALYSIS
Students read the song lyrics to "Auld Lang Syne" and analyze it for meaning, figurative language, and vocabulary in context. This is an activity that can be used year after year (is not specific to 2017 or any other year). The answer key is included.

New Year Activity - Close Reading Auld Lang Syne Analysis


AND MORE...
The pack also includes additional writing prompts and a back-to-school activity (great for my Aussie friends or anyone wanting to use it for the 2017-2018 school year). 

FOLDABLE ACTIVITIES
Four of the activities are included for interactive notebooks.

New Year Activity - Foldables Interactive Notebook Activities


New Year Activity - Foldables Interactive Notebook Activities

New Year Activity - Foldables Interactive Notebook Activities

New Year Activity - Foldables Interactive Notebook Activities

New Year Activity - Foldables Interactive Notebook Activities


DOODLE IT!
Do you have students who love to doodle or create zentangle designs and patterns? I included blank 2017 images just for that purpose. 

New Year Activity - Doodle 2017

New Year Drawing Coloring Activity


Yes, ALL of these activities are included in my one 2017 New Year bundle:

New Year Activities https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/New-Years-2017-Resolution-Goals-Activities-2885520


I hope you and your students have a wonderful New Year! I'd love to see examples of your students' work, so don't forget to tag me if you post them. :) Thanks for sharing.

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