Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Looking Ahead at Wright

As our scholars enjoy a relaxing and fun-filled Spring Break, we thought it might be helpful to chart our course over our remaining weeks at Wright Middle. Once they return from the break, we'll spend our first week wrapping up El Deafo, and we'll hopefully get some time to start filming a few of the scenes for their book trailer. Considering they've had some time to reflect on their roles and the book as a whole, we hope they can dive right in and put together a fun book trailer.

As we are filming over the next few weeks, we'll begin reading Skeleton Creek, a young adult novel that has multimedia components. The novel follows two young teenagers exploring a mystery behind their eerie town, as they learn that they may not be able to trust their families amidst the intrigue surrounding the town's history, an old mining company, and a mysterious figure lurking in the shadows. This book is accompanied by a website, with links to videos that are only accessible once students have read to certain points in the novel. It is our hope that the students will enjoy this component, and the mystery and horror themes should keep them engaged and encouraged to read ahead.

Though we might not be able to finish the book as a class, we look forward to doing some creative projects with the text. Hopefully, we'll be able to secure enough copies that the kids will be able to take some home with them in case we don't finish, so that they can find the dramatic conclusion on their own. We can't wait to get back there next week!

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