Summer Reading

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I have two summer reading lists.

One is from my sixth grade Language Arts teacher.

These are Battle Books.

I don’t know how that works yet.

Some of the books I’ve read already.

They are great books.

Other books, I haven’t read yet.

The other list is from my gifted seminar teacher.

These books are on an award list.

If I read ten, I can vote and get pizza.

Teachers like to give pizza to kids for a lot of things, especially reading.

I don’t have to read all of the books if I don’t like the topic.

Like books about sports.

I really liked the book, Ungifted.

It was funny.

I also liked Stolen into Slavery.

It was not funny at all.

I didn’t know that someone who was free could be kidnapped and made to be a slave.

That is so unfair.

The one that I had read before, my mom had gotten me in fifth grade: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library.

The puzzles in the book were very cool.

The February 20, 2015 part hadn’t happened yet.

That was very funny.

I also liked Ghost Hawk.

It was not funny.

I learned a lot from this book about things I did not know before, like what it was like to live in 1620 and be an American Indian.

I felt like it was an important book to read.

Thankfully, I do not have to write anything about the books I read for my sixth grade Language Arts teacher.

We will just have a competition during the year.

For seminar, when I finish a book, my teacher emails me a question.

I really do not like to answer questions that are not easy to find in the book.

Like, how did the main character in Wake Up Missing change from the beginning to the end of the book?

How am I supposed to know the answer to that?

The book never said.

So, I started looking in the front of the book for the answer.

I got very frustrated.

It didn’t say anything there.

I also looked in the back of the book.

It wasn’t there either.

My mom asked me what the character was like in the beginning of the book.

I don’t even know what that question means?

She was a girl.

That didn’t change.

My mom eventually explained that the question was asking how her personality was different because of the experiences she had been through, by the end of the book.

I don’t know if my answer was right.

I was able to talk about a little bit of a change.

I wish teachers would not ask such hard questions.

They make me like reading a little bit less because I start to worry about what questions I will need to answer after I am finished.

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2 thoughts on “Summer Reading

  1. Gordon Korman is one of my favorite authors. Yes, we teachers do ask some, what we believe are, thought provoking questions. The answers aren’t always spelled out in black and white on the printed pages of the book. They are, however, great conversation starters like the dialogue you and your mother had. Keep reading even if the questions being asked seem a bit obscure.

  2. Did you know that Gordon Korman wrote his first book when he was in seventh grade? I’m sorry that the questions you get asked make you like reading a bit less. Sometimes when I attend my adult book club, I realize that after the discussion that I can understand the book and like it even better. I think that’s what your seminar teacher is trying to do, get you to understand what you’ve read a bit better by thinking more deeply.

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