I have been booktalking the summer reading titles all week and I have to say that I like doing the presentations to the high school kids before the Briscoe kids. I feel bad that in the past I kind of do my "warm up" material at Briscoe and then have more polished presentations at the high school. Well, because of the MCAS schedule I will have spoken to nearly all the high school kids before "taking my show on the road". Briscoe - the big time!
A couple of things that have stuck out to me. First, I talk a LOT. A kid said today, "Mrs. Fecteau appears to be hogging the talking stick." You know it kid! I can talk all day. But I am doing a good job this year of just trying to hit the high points.
Speaking of which, I am having a horrible time trying to find an "angle" for HEAVEN TO BETSY. I love this book so much, and I just can't find a way of making it sound interesting to teens! I suppose I could talk about how it is based on her real diaries, how high school was different 100 years ago. But I want to tell stories. But I need to find a good one!
Must go teach 9th graders how to find books on WWII. There is not much to this post, but at least now I don't have to feel guilty for not having posted since MARCH!