Saturday, March 23, 2013

And the Winner is...

We have read many great books this school year!  In order to choose a Wassbery Award winner I narrowed down our read-alouds to two chapter books...School Days According to Humphrey and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.  Then students went through a thinking routine called Tug of War.  First, turn and talk partners worked together to write why each book was a great book on a sticky note.  Next, we sat at the carpet together to share our thinking.  Through this process, students were required to explain their thinking.  A child's opinion of one book may have been changed by hearing the various "tugs" of a particular book.  Then, turn and talk partners had a conversation about each book, deciding which one was their favorite.  Finally, partners worked together to write their thinking why the book they chose was a great book.  Eight partners chose The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and four partners chose School Days According to Humphrey.  A couple of examples of student work are below.

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