Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic

Beautifully written and well-thought out. Students will need some scaffolding on the shifting narrators and flash forwards. At times heartwarming and heartbreaking, this tale is an important one to discover. I still have to read the notes at the back of the book. Fascinating!

Genre Chats

Students discuss what they already know about realistic fiction, mystery, science fiction, and nonfiction genres. 


I wasn't very sure about this graphic novel at first, since I was unfamiliar with the story. Students will struggle with the background/ intro information load -- I did (unless they already have background knowledge of the topic). But, once I got into their journey, I really enjoyed the little narratives of the jokes, struggles, and activities that passed the time. I was audibly surprised at the many acts of courage and ingenuity of these brave men. Fascinating! It left me wanting more. 

Genre Notes

Our flip-up genre notes in our notebooks. Ready to be filled with what the students already know.