No, I am not referring to my own mental state.
I’m talking about the novel I’m reading in my Resource Room.
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper was suggested to me by Follower 100. She must have known that this would be a perfect book for me. And now, I’m going to share it with my class.
The 2013 Global Read Aloud, Out of My Mind, was one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. In fact, as I was telling my dad about the book, I kept referring to the main character as if she were a real person. I think, as an intervention specialist who has worked with students with a wide range of disabilities, this book just touched my heart.
I don’t want to write a book review as there are thousands you can read for yourself. I did locate some good resources on Teachers Pay Teachers, if you decide to use this book in your classroom. Once I get my unit plans completed, I’ll share them here.
The past 7 weeks we have been reading Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. I love reading this book with the kids. I do a lot of fun things with this novel and I had every intention of sharing the activities here. However, January and February were a complete blur with everything going on with Ian and his diabetes.
I did want to share a few things that went really well. One of those was the “Reader’s Theater” type scripts for a few of the chapters. It started with Ch. 13 (The Hot Seat episode) and the kids loved it so much. I then adapted three of the other chapters that had a lot of dialogue and wrote short scripts with 2 or 3 parts. The students were put in groups and they had to read the scripts two or three times, trading parts. This was a nice break from reading aloud to them, or having them read aloud.
I have no idea if you are even allowed to do such a thing. I hope it’s not some weird copyright issue. I would hope that the author would be so thrilled kids were reading and loving his book. (I bought 13 copies for my classroom.) If you don’t have time to read the novel as part of your curriculum, I highly recommend you read it out loud, or have a copy in your classroom library.