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Dream with Stargirl

Dream with Stargirl

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli explores the power of individuality. 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.

 

 

 

Stargirl was first published in 2000. Stargirl showcases nonconformity vs. the tense and emotional desire to be popular. It drives the messages that popularity is fleeting and cruel, and it’s always better to stay true to yourself to succeed.

Summary of Stargirl:

*From the book jacket

Stargirl. From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of “Stargirl, Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’ s heart with just one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. At first. 

Then they turn on her. Stargirl is suddenly shunned for everything that makes her different, and Leo, panicked and desperate with love, urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her: normal. In this celebration of nonconformity, Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli weaves a tense, emotional tale about the perils of popularity and the thrill and inspiration of first love.

 

 

I offer a complete novel study to accompany Stargirl 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.

 

Stargirl is a great novel to use to help early adolescents understand that the drive to be “popular” isn’t worth betraying yourself. What makes you special is what makes you great.



Are you interested in reading about and sharing ideas with other educators on using children’s literature in your classroom? My goal is to bring together teachers and homeschoolers who teach grades 3-8 and use novels with their students. I’d love for you to join me to learn, share, and grow together!

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*The Teaching Bank participates in the Amazon Associate Program and earns a fee from qualifying purchases made on the Amazon.com site.

On the Run with Maniac Magee

On the Run with Maniac Magee

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli explores the themes of racism and homelessness in an engaging, humorous, and interesting way. 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.

 

 

 

Maniac Magee was first published in 1990. Among the many awards bestowed upon the novel, it won the acclaimed Newbery Medal in 1991, has been named one of the “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children” by the NEA, and was ranked #40 of the all-time best children’s novels by the School Library Journal.

Summary of Maniac Magee:

*From the book jacket

Jeffrey Lionel “Maniac” Magee might have lived a normal life if a trolley accident hadn’t made him an orphan. After living with his unhappy and uptight aunt and uncle for eight years, he decides to run- and not just run away, but run. And this is where the myth of Maniac Magee begins, as he changes the lives of a racially divided small town with his amazing and legendary feats.

 

 

I offer a complete novel study to accompany Maniac Magee 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.

 

Maniac Magee is a great novel to use as a scholarly tool to address racial and class issues with young students in a poignant and humorous way.



Are you interested in reading about and sharing ideas with other educators on using children’s literature in your classroom? My goal is to bring together teachers and homeschoolers who teach grades 3-8 and use novels with their students. I’d love for you to join me to learn, share, and grow together!

Click here or the image below to join my Facebook group, Book Talk with The Teaching Bank!

Click to join Book Talk with The Teaching Bank


*The Teaching Bank participates in the Amazon Associate Program and earns a fee from qualifying purchases made on the Amazon.com site.

Who Cares if You’re a “Loser”?

Who Cares if You’re a “Loser”?

Loser written by Newbery Award-winning author, Jerry Spinelli, is a powerful tale about how not fitting in may lead to an incredible life. This is a wonderful book to use for a novel study, literature circles, book clubs, or individual study in the classroom or home school.

Loser was first published in 2002 and was nominated for the Mark Twain Award. The story is an endearing one about perseverance despite the odds told with humor and heart.

Summary of Loser:

*From the book jacket

Just like other kids, Zinkoff rides his bike, hopes for snow days, and wants to be like his dad when he grows up. But Zinkoff also raises his hand with all the wrong answers, trips over his own feet, and falls down with laughter over a word like “Jabip.”

Other kids have their own word to describe him, but Zinkoff is too busy to hear it. He doesn’t know he’s not like everyone else. And one winter night, Zinkoff’s differences show that any name can someday become “hero.”

This is a great novel to accompany a study of

  • Bullying prevention
  • Research the Vietnam War and the MIA’s.

  • Discuss the culture of winners vs. losers. Pro/cons.

I offer a complete novel study to accompany Loser 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.

Loser is a wonderful story exploring a boy’s individuality surpassing the need to fit in and the genuine importance of failure. How, in the end, dancing to your own tune may lead you down the path to hero.



Are you interested in reading about and sharing ideas with other educators on using children’s literature in your classroom? My goal is to bring together teachers and homeschoolers who teach grades 3-8 and use novels with their students. I’d love for you to join me to learn, share, and grow together!

Click here or the image below to join my Facebook group, Book Talk with The Teaching Bank!

Click to join Book Talk with The Teaching Bank


*The Teaching Bank participates in the Amazon Associate Program and earns a fee from qualifying purchases made on the Amazon.com site.