Thursday, May 31, 2007

How to Hate a Book

You'd think I'd have learned with Sideways Stories from Wayside School.

Or How to Eat Fried Worms.

But no.

I had to eschew the pre-summarized high-interest, low-readability stuff readily available on the Internet and share one of my childhood favorites, Little House on the Prairie, with my kiddos.

Now, I teach kids with moderate to severe disabilities (though we're skewing towards the "moderate" this year)...they need the text summarized, simplified, and picture-supported. Hence my love for the pre-summarized adapted classics mentioned above.

We have 3 more chapters of Little House and I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE!


kristina said...

Make sure they don't realize there is a whole series of the same........ My 6th grade teacher read us Watership Down every day after lunch.

SpooWriter said...

Heh heh.

Well, to be honest, I toyed with reading at least one more (either Farmer Boy or These Happy Golden Years) for a sense of closure this summer, but decided not to for three reasons:

1. I try to alternate between books the boys will like (War of the Worlds, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, How to Eat Fried Worms) with books the girls will like (Black Beauty, Little House).

2. Summer school is only 19 days long this year, and my program specialist wants me to attend a training the first 2 days...that leaves 17 days to do a novel!

3. There's no movie of those. During summer school, I always pick a book (e.g. Black Beauty last year) that has a movie I can show so I can (make my brother) load up all the stuff in the car (our summer school is at a different school in our district). :-)

I ended up buying a book called American History Through Poetry. I'll have to Writing With Symbols-icize them, but we can do a poem every few days and be good to go.

But I'm taking suggestions for books for fall! :-)