Tuesday, October 15, 2013

October 12 Meeting

We met with a small group on Saturday, since many students were out of town for fall break. Instead of beginning our next novel, we continued to do activities related to I Funny. Students began by writing letters to James Patterson. They told him what they enjoyed about I Funny, and asked him questions about his life and his writing process.

Students then worked on a choice menu. Choices ranged from writing a parody of a popular song to creating a comic strip based on their favorite scene from the book. It was a lot of fun! We also had to go play outside since it was such a glorious day.

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, November 2. We look forward to seeing everyone then!

Monday, October 7, 2013

October 5 Meeting

We had another fantastic meeting last Saturday! Students finished reading I Funny by James Patterson. We all really enjoyed the book. It deals with bullying, family issues, and many other themes that everyone could relate to. Above all, we all thought it was pretty funny!

Students worked together to create a comedy video. Students pretended to be standup comedians and told jokes to each other. They also interviewed each other about the book. We are excited to view the finished product after it is edited and cut together! Students also had a chance to read together and discuss characterization.

Our snack this week was donated by the fabulous Legato Gelato. If you are in the neighborhood, you should go by there and support their business. We highly recommend the cookies n' cream flavor! Yum!

We are looking forward to seeing everyone next Saturday, October 12. This will be our last meeting in the month of October, so we hope that everyone can make it. We will begin reading Scat by Carl Hiassen this week. Click here to read the first chapter! We will also be writing letters to James Patterson to tell him things we liked about I Funny, as well as ask him questions and thank him for funding this program.

We hope everyone has a safe and fun fall break! See you Saturday!

Our next book!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Don't Forget!

We hope everyone is having a great week! This is a reminder that we are meeting this Saturday, October 5 and next Saturday, October 12. Leave a comment on this post, or send us an email if you are not going to be able to make it so that we can plan accordingly. Safe travels if you are going anywhere for Fall Break!

We are going to finish up I Funny by James Patterson on Saturday. We have a lot of other awesome stuff planned! Don't forget to read up to p. 199 in I Funny, and come prepared to share your two jokes.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday!