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Avoxes anyone?

Those of you who have read The Hunger Games will know what I’m talking about. The avoxes have been silenced (permanently) by The Capitol.

Well, I now have 2 lovely 6th graders who have “become” avoxes. Seriously. They pledged to act like an avox all day today, and do you think I ever heard them say a word? Nope. 🙂

I asked them if I could make that mandatory for the rest of the 6th grade class???????? LOL!

I LOVE it when a student REALLY gets into a book!


The Hunger Games Trailers

Read and Write 180

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

We FINALLY got to watch the book trailer and the movie trailer for The Hunger Games today!!!! They are hooked! They want me to take them on a field trip to the movies to see the movie on March 23rd. LOL! After watching both trailers (twice!), I read them the 1st 2 pages of the book and then raffled it off. You should have seen them scramble to sign up for the book after the 1st person finishes. I’ll take a picture of what our sign up poster looks like now after 3 days.

I actually gave a copy of the book to one of my students yesterday-she stayed up til 3:30 am this morning to finish it! I guess I’m recruiting other Hunger Games junkies!

Here is the book trailer that I found on youtube-it was created by a student.

Here is the movie trailer we watched.

It’s official. I’m a fan. An addicted fan. Now let me go finish Mockingjay!! 🙂

Hunger Games junkie

I admit it. I am a Hunger Games junkie. I am on the 3rd book of the trilogy-Mockingjay and need to take a day off from school to finish reading it. 🙂 I even bought a t-shirt. I was going to show my 6th graders the book trailer and the movie trailer-trying to get them hyped about the book-but of course they were youtube videos and I had forgotten to transfer them to vusafe. So that will have to be done tomorrow. Will try and write a longer post tomorrow night 🙂

Read Around the Room


Thursday, January 5, 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR! It was back to school today. Some people don’t like starting back with just a couple of days because you can’t really start a new unit or anything. But I think it gives us time to ease back into the flow of things.

We labeled our english sentence today and wrote a paragraph from it. And I had a brilliant idea come to me like a moth goes to a light. Really, I had my OWN idea instead of borrowing someone else’s from the internet. 🙂

These sentences that we have been labeling are just ones that I have been making up, but I thought how cool would it be if I pulled  a sentence out of a book and used this time to do a book talk each day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Aren’t I a genius?? Don’t be bashful-say I am. 🙂

So this is what it looked like today: Today’s sentence is from Among The Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix. I think this book talk thing is going to be a good thing.

We caught up on our Truckerbuddy emails.




We also wrote a New Year’s Goal for ourselves as readers and then devised a plan to reach that goal. Most of the kids said they wanted to read a certain number of books. Hey, whatever it takes to get them reading.

THEN-the BIG activity!!!! We did “Read Around the Room”. I did this once with my 6th graders last year and LOVED it. Since we have voted to STOP the madness the worksheet packets and RETURN to read to self, I told them everybody needs a book in their hand. A good book-one they want to read.

They all sat in a big circle (our circle actually went around a long group of desks-small space). Everyone had a book (that I had picked out). I set the timer. They started on page 1 of their book and read until I said stop which was between 1 1/2 minutes-2 minutes. If it was a book they wanted to read in the future they wrote it in their reading notebook on their TBR list. Then we passed the books to the left. Repeat. We did this until all 26 students had read the beginning of all 26 books. Everyone said they had written at least 3 titles down on their TBR list so I was happy. PLUS-each time they were reading-I read. :):):) Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins-2nd book in The Hunger Games trilogy which I can’t seem to get enough of. 🙂 One time I even told them I wish they would stop making ME have to stop reading to fiddle with the timer. 🙂

Here is what we looked like during “Read Around the Room”:






Book Review-The Hunger Games

Fabulous. Exciting. Breathtaking. One of a kind. Do you get my point? 🙂

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins                Genre: Dystopia

Pages: 374              Published: 2008

First of all let me say-Why did I wait so long to read this book? It’s been out for 3 years! So I finished it in a day and am now on the 2nd book-Catching Fire. Let’s hope it’s as good as the first one.

Summary from

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. 

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister Primrose, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before — and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Katniss is a tough character who has to use that toughness to fight her way through the Hunger Games. To be honest I have never read many books that deal with the world different than we know it. It’s never been my thing. This book has changed my mind. It has opened my mind to the possibilities of what our world could become like one day. Really. The only other book that I’ve read about government control is Among The Hidden by Margaret Haddix where the government controls the population.

The Hunger Games is one of those books that you just can’t put down for fear of not finding out what is going to happen. It has little twists and turns throughout that couldn’t have been foreseen. Even though I think that Katniss sometimes isn’t emotional enough or sensitive enough, I rooted for her all the way.

So I give this book 8 out of 5 stars. Oh, wait-I can’t do that! 🙂 5 of 5 stars

An epic story of survival and letting go. Read it. Today. 🙂

Movie Trailer: