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Old 08-30-2010, 06:56 PM
 
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Hey Everyone,
What classroom novels do you use. I've been doing "Sign of the Beaver" and "Bud, Not Buddy." I was thinking of changing "Sign of the Beaver" this year to something more modern. Any ideas??
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Could you clarify "modern"? Did you mean something written more recently or did you mean a novel in more recent times?

Did you have a particular historical period in mind?
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The first novel I use whole class is On My Honor by Marion Bauer. I use this to introduce the literary elements. It is a book I refer back to all year long. It is short enough to finish in a couple of weeks, yet is packed with good details. Kids can really relate to the issues in the book, too. It includes themes of honesty, friendship, and death.
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Thanks for the ideas! By modern, I was thinking something more recent or newer. I do remember the Cay from when I was in Elementary school. I will definitely look into the other one too. Thanks again!


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Wednesday Wars is really good as is No Talking. If you want an historical book, A Lion to Guard Us is good as is Blood on the River.

Night of the Twisters really catches the kids' attention as does two of Gary Paulsen's books - The Hatchet and Woodsong.
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Some of my favorites include Walk two Moons, Watson's go to Birmingham, and towards the end of the year Freak the Mighty. All engage the students and are fun to read. In the beginning of the year I often start with Loser as it addresses topics such as respect, diversity, bullying, acceptance etc....
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Thanks! I'm looking into all of your suggestions as we speak.
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