Linking up with Jen to share what's on my nightstand right now...
First of all, I want to give y'all an update on Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case. My students are a week into this book today, and we are on pace to finish by Friday, which means it was the PERFECT length to finish the year strong.
My students are SUPER invested in the this story. They've asked a TON of really good questions, which have led me to believe this would be a great book to lead into our research unit. So many of the questions my students have asked could turn into research projects, so it might be a great mentor research project.
I'm really glad I decided to teach this book now because it's definitely holding my students' interest, and they are giving me great things to consider for the future. For example, I think I'll share the documentary at the END of the unit next year and only give them a teaser before we crack open the book. Of course, the documentary doesn't give all the details, but I think there's even more investment if they don't know what will happen next.
I think for next year, I'm going to read this book with my kiddos for our non-fiction unit. According to what we read in class today, you can still get partial transcripts from the court proceedings as well as many of the articles that appeared in national magazines and newspapers at the time. I think it will be much more meaningful for my students to study the elements of non-fiction in this context rather than with unrelated or irrelevant articles, which I admit I used this year.
As I put together a more comprehensive unit, I want to put it together for my TPT store. As of now, I only have random handouts and assignments in there, not whole units. I feel like this is the first unit I've created completely on my own because there just aren't many resources available, so I want to make it available for others to use. Keep your eyes on my store! (Okay... I'll let you know when I post it!)
The second book I'm reading was a suggestion from my bloggy twin, Erin, from I'm Loving Lit. I call her my twin because we have the same name, content area, and age group. AND we live in the same state, about an hour away from each other. Crazy, huh? Anyway, she aways has the best reading suggestions, and she talked about this book Out of Easy during a past linky party.
I'm not very far into the book yet, but I love the way Ruta Spetys has described New Orleans, as Erin promised. The story folows Josie in the French Quarters in the 1950s. She has big goals to escape her life, with a neglectful mother who is a prostitute, but apparently there's going to be a big murder that somehow threatens her plans.
I'll let you now what I think when I'm done, but I'm not going to lie... it may take a while! It's a rather large book! :)