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Saturday, March 30, 2013
When You Reach Me: Book Review and Teaching Ideas
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead is the first book that as soon as I finished the last page, I turned back to page one and started reading it all over again.
It's sixth grade and Miranda is discovering life without her best friend, Sal. He no longer wants to be her friend and she is faced with the challenge of making new friends, navigating past the laughing man on the street corner alone, and discovering why things must change.
I haven't enjoyed reading a book this much in a while. When You Reach Me is the kid of book that sticks with you, runs through your mind, and makes you think. I can't wait to use this book to teach.
Create a year long unit with this book in mind to meet all of the needs of Common Core standards. Pairing When You Reach Me with A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle and several nonfiction texts on New York City, the seventies, and science will meet the needs of all Literature and Information Text standards.
Jessica Zannini - Notes From the Portable