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I just got a stack of Andrew Clements books, and I was wondering if anyone had ever done an author study of him for sixth grade. Do you think they're appropriate grade level or possibly too young?


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AC books might be too easy. However, he uses a very distinct pattern/formula in his books and it might be fun to do a quick unit where everyone reads a different one and use some critical analysis activities to compare and contrast the books, looking for that formula.


That said, I always start the year with FRINDLE because it is such a great book. All the kids have success with it and success is a GREAT way to start the year.

Of course I have a ton of stuff at school. I will try to post some stuff on here later on this fall, keep an eye for it.
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Oh, that's a great idea about looking for the formula. I've only read a few (Frindle, The Landry News, and Things Hoped For), so I still have to read through the ones I got.

I had to write a Frindle unit for the credential program I'm in (well, any novel, but I chose Frindle) . That's what got me thinking about doing Andrew Clements. I love Frindle.

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What's the purpose of your author study?
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Andrew Clements is an author that children of all ages love. The reading level for most of his books are below a sixth grade level, however they deal with topics that lend themselves to wonderful discussions for sixth graders. If you are planning this author study to excite students about reading - I think Andrew Clements is a good choice. Although his books are an easy read for sixth grade, the activities that you chose to do with them can provide the challenge.
In my sixth grade class, I use some of his books in guided reading groups and we have terrific discussions that often involve the whole class. For example, The Report Card - Students discuss whether or not they agree with Nora's opinion about grades. She believes that grades are arbitrary and do not matter that much. My students had a lively debate about many of Nora's actions in this book.
I really enjoy using Andrew Clements books in my class because they are easily accessible to all of the students in my class - even those who are not reading on grade level can read and understand them. They deal with topics that students can personally relate to.
I often introduce his books at the start of the year when I talk to students about Reading for Meaning. In order to read for meaning, students must make connections - Text-to-Self, Text-to-Text, and Text-to-World. Andrew Clements books give students an opportunity to make those connections especially text-to-self connections.
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relax, my two thoughts - based on the limited books I've read and what I've heard about the other stories - were to use it to get excited about reading and to bridge into talking about what ways sixth graders can make a difference in their communities (like in Frindle and Landry News). I want to tie it into a book fair/read-a-thon that the sixth grade is going to help put on. First get them excited about reading, then get them excited about helping their community, then put on a read-a-thon to raise money and get more people reading.

They were very preliminary thoughts.

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Andrew Clements is an author that children of all ages love.
That's what I would have thought. In fact, I'm trying to get my DH read Frindle this summer even though it's below his reading level.


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Old 07-21-2008, 02:58 PM
 
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the camping one (I can't remember the title) to my 5/6 combo class last year. They all liked it. It was perfect because the character was a 5th grader, but then he went camping with his teacher which is what our 6th graders do! It has a great message of teacher/student relationship!
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The camping one is A Week in the Woods. I like The Report Card too. I think it would appeal to your gifted kids.
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