I am planning a unit for February that involves using lit. circles with my 6th grade reading students. Typically they get to choose what they read, but every few months we require them to read a book as a group or class. In February we are planning to have them read a book about someone with a disability or someone who is dealing with living with someone with a disability. The two books we've come up with so far are Freak the Mighty and Wonder.
What other suggestions might you have? I don't have too many guidelines, they just need to be 6th grade appropriate.
There are two files on Sahara Jones. The one the school counselor keeps is evidence that she's a fifth grader who needs special education. The other is the book Sahara is secretly writing, her Heart-Wrenching Life Story and Amazing Adventures. The latest chapter in her book unfolds when her mother insists that she be taken out of special ed. So Sahara is facing fifth grade in the regular classroom, again. But why even try to do the work, Sahara wonders, if everything she does just winds up in the counselor's file?
Enter Miss Pointy, the new fifth-grade teacher. With her eggplant-colored lipstick and strange subjects such as "Puzzling" and "Time Travel," she's like no other teacher Sahara has ever known. When she passes out writing journals to the class, Sahara has fresh hope for the school year. Through Miss Pointy's unusual teaching, storytelling, and quiet support, Sahara finds the courage to overcome her fears and prove which file shows her true self.
Esmé Raji Codell is the author of the highly acclaimed and best-selling Educating Esmé: Diary of a Teacher's First Year. She has been a keynote speaker for the International Reading Association
I know you don't always want or need to show movies before or after reading a novel, but just for the record The Mighty is a great one! Common Core requires some comparing and contrasting of stories and performances...