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Andrew Clements in the master of school stories that kids can relate to. No Talking, published in 2007, is no exception. It is a great book to use in your classroom or homeschool for a whole class novel study, small book groups, or individual book studies.

 

 

 

No talking, which won the California Young Reader Medal in 2010, is a humorous book about words unspoken, words spoken in anger, and especially about the power of words spoken in kindness. Andrew Clements has created a thought-provoking and entertaining novel that will appeal to the average fifth-grader.

From the Book Jacket:

“You have the right to remain silent.” However… 

The fifth-grade girls and the fifth-grade boys at Laketon Elementary don’t get along very well. But the real problem is that these kids are loud and disorderly. That’s why the principal uses her red plastic bullhorn. A lot. 

Then one day Dave Packer, a certified loudmouth, bumps into an idea — a big one that makes him try to keep quiet for a whole day. But what does Dave hear during lunch? A girl, Lynsey Burgess, jabbering away. So Dave breaks his silence and lobs an insult. And those words spark a contest: Which team can say the fewest words during two whole days? And it’s the boys against the girls. 

How do the teachers react to the silence? What happens when the principal feels she’s losing control? And will Dave and Lynsey plunge the whole school into chaos? 

I offer a complete novel study to accompany No Talking for use in the classroom or homeschool. The unit includes both a printable format and a Google Drive™ format for use in a paperless classroom or with Google Classroom.

boy holding finger on lips to indicate be quiet

No Talking instills an inspiring moral message and creates vivid mental illustrations. The reader is led to be reflective of the type of language they use and how easily communication can be taken for granted. This is a book that can lead to many great class discussions. No Talking inspires and challenges students to become active critical thinkers of how language and communication play an integral part in our lives.


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