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A couple of pages from my favorite children’s book “A is for activist”




Place cards made from erasers-would be cute on desks for the first day of school.


This is a good way to focus the reader.


A way to keep track of who is where in the writing process!

(via Superlative Six: Newest Addition to Writer’s Workshop)



This is such a simple idea I found online, but it is helping me SO MUCH with keeping organized this school year! I’m constantly making lists of what to do, this helps me.

Papers have been piling up on my desk at school, I need to reorganize that this week.

I may create another one of things to do at home….. Because it is SO HELPFUL.


Finding The Author’s Purpose - From Ms. Miller’s Munchkins 


Hello wonderful followers! First off I’d like to apologize for being MIA the past couple of months. I’ve been busy taking Spanish online and reading. :) Here’s my summer reading list, it’s not very long, but oh well!
1. Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
2. Clash of Kings by George RR Martin
3. Storm of Swords by George RR Martin
I recommend these books to anyone who loves high fantasy books. However, be warned: these books can be graphic in a variety of ways and may not be suitable for readers who are a little squeamish.
I hope y’all having a fantastic summer and are enjoying your summer reading!
- Kara

The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Dave McKean

Awards: 2009 Newbery Medal

Genre: Fiction: Mystery and Supernatural

Themes: Death, Life, Mystery, Growing Up

Main Characters: Nobody Owens (Bod), Silas, Scarlett Perkins

Age Group: 10 and up

Grade Level: 5th and up

Used in a classroom: I think this should be a book that is given to readers as a choice. This book is quite dark and could frighten or disturb some children but may intrigue and excite others, so it would be a good idea to leave this out as an option for independent reading.

Summary: Nobody Owens’ family was murdered when he was a baby by  a mysterious man named Jack. He amazingly evades Jack and is then protected by the people of the Graveyard on on the hill. He grows up with Mr. and Mrs. Owens, a ghost couple with no children of their own. His guardian is Silas, who he admires and looks up to. Nobody (Bod for short) is continuously curious about the world outside the graveyard, which he is not allowed. As he grows older his curiosity about his own history as well the outside world drives him to seek out information about the man that killed his family, Jack. In this thrilling and mysterious tale, Bod grows up to discover the amazing potential of the living and his true place in the world.

Personal Response: I really enjoyed the atmosphere the author created in this book and the outstanding interactions among the characters. Although the story itself was not real, the interactions and relationships of the characters seemed very real and believable to me (ex. Silas and Bod’s relationship). Going back to the atmosphere of the book, the illustrations also played a huge role in reinforcing the eerie and spooky vibe that Neil Gaiman created; the two elements fit together perfectly. At some points of the book I was a little confused on Bod’s age, but that may have been intentional on the writer’s part. The plot was very intriguing and constantly had me guessing what would happen next.

Gaiman, Neil, and Dave McKean. The Graveyard Book. New York: HarperCollins Pub., 2008. Print.

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