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Tuck Everlasting as a read aloud?
Old 07-27-2011, 09:01 PM
 
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I'd love some feedback on whether you think Tuck Everlasting is too mature a novel for grade 4? I have used it with grade 5 and 6 in previous years. Thanks.


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too high
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I think that it is too high conceptually for the students at Gr.4. I have used it at 5th and 6th and found that 6th understood the ideas/themes of the book the best of all.
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go for it
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When I read it myself as a young adult/teen, thought it was kind of high.
BUT I remember my own 4th grade teacher reading it to us, and we all understood it very well. We all enjoyed it a lot, but of course I do think we were higher/average readers in my district(middle class neighborhood). I remembered the story vividly enough to want to see the movie when it came out years later, and try to read the book on my own.

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My county is moving toward the Common Core Standards and if I remember correctly Tuck Everlasting is on the grade 4-5 band for suggested novels. The complexity they expect these kiddies to be able to read and understand is high in my opinion. I thought about trying to do some of the more complex novels like Tuck as read alouds so they were at least exposed to them.
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I noticed you referred to suggested novels in CCS - I haven't seen such a list - could you forward a link or share any of the books on the list? Thanks so much!


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This was my "End of the Year" Read-Aloud last year, and my kids loved it. I will read it again this year, probably toward the end of the year.
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I think Tuck would be appropriate for a read aloud midway through the end of the year.
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whole class novel
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We used this as a whole class novel last year and I wasn't sure how it would go. We read it out loud as a whole class and the kids really ended up loving it. There is alot of great imagery in the book and it provokes lots of discussion. We had the title one teacher read it with our low kids for support.
They loved watching the movie when we were finished!
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Global Read Aloud
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http://globalreadaloud.wikispaces.com/

Here is a link to the Global Read ALoud. Tuck Everlasting is the book they have picked for upper grades though they also have Flat Stanley.
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Exactly my thinking
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PBobcat--Participating in the Global Read Aloud was exactly what I am contemplating! Flat Stanley seems too juvenile and I'm still waffling with Tuck.
Thanks everyone for your input.


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I read it to mine...
Old 07-28-2011, 03:26 PM
 
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towards the end of the year. We talked about it a lot. The kids loved it and I bawled!
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Text Exemplars:Common Core
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This link should hopefully bring you to Appendix B. This gives a list of text exemplars for the various grade levels. They are not required reads but to give ideas of the text complexity(at least that is my understanding). I thought a lot of the books seemed a bit high so now I am trying to figure out how to best teach my class at their individual levels and expose them to these higher levels texts. At this point I feel it would work best through a read aloud setting but we will see. I hope this helps.

http://www.corestandards.org/assets/Appendix_B.pdf
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Tuck Unit
Old 07-28-2011, 07:09 PM
 
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I read Tuck Everlasting to my students around November. It is rather high but we do one chapter a day. We discuss and have several culminating experiences after the first of the year comes around. I made up a unit by compiling several resources. I will be happy to send it to you if you email me. pauline.morales#gmail.com
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I do!
Old 07-29-2011, 08:29 AM
 
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I have read it to my fourth graders for the past 6 or 7 years! It is always a favorite. I read it aloud and we discuss it as we go (we begin in November). Some get the higher level understanding and others just get the literal/basic comprehension, but the all love it!! Definitely read it!
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Old 07-29-2011, 04:24 PM
 
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I considered it as a read aloud for my 4th graders this past year, but we ran out of time. I think that by the end of the year they would handle it well. I have also used it for lit circles with a mixed 4th-5th group.
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absolutely love it....
Old 07-31-2011, 06:17 PM
 
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used that book as independent read for Lit circles with 5th grade I taught but as a read aloud it is totally do-able for 4th grade...as long as the difficult concepts are discussed...such an interesting story...
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Old 08-09-2011, 12:48 PM
 
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My team-mate read it with her class last year and loved it. It was at the end after she had read several novels and modeled the expectations. The discussions were quite higher level and if nothing more the students felt more confident and mature with the exposure to rich literature.
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Thank you for your recommendations!
Old 08-09-2011, 07:30 PM
 
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Thank you everyone for your wonderful recommendations. Given all the feed back, I have decided to use Tuck Everlasting as our first book choice for the extra curricular book club I run. I think I will offer it to any interested students grade 4, 5 & 6 students and plan on joining the GRA.
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My friend and I are reading Tuck Everlasting for a Page Turners book and we do not really understand it. We think it changes the subject every chapter. It might just be a little to high for our reading level. Do you have any suggestions?
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