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Storyworks is an amazing resource that we are using as a 4th grade group. It has amazing stories, classic and topical, and there are several diverse genres that we study every week!

Maniac Magee

Read Aloud:

We recently finished the story of Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli. This is an amazing story that demonstrates positive character amongst drastic life circumstances. 

Jerry Spinelli is an amazing author that has demonstrated an amazing ability to tell a great story, time and time again. The picture to the left has a link to his website. Many of these books are great reads for your young reader!

All the wrong questions


This is our latest read aloud. All The Wrong Questions by Lemony Snicket is the first of three mystery novels. The main character is, (oh so fittingly), a 13-year old boy named Lemony Snicket. He desires to be an investigator and becomes the apprentice to S. Theodora Marckson.

Lemony Snicket is one of the most intentional young readers' author because he introduces phenomenal vocabulary with an immediate definition, so that they can remember these new terms in a natural way, as well as an explicit definition. I think he caters his writing style towards students so that they can find the magic in reading. 

This book will be drastically different, but I think it will help our readers become great "thinkers" while they read, and work on inferring deeper meaning from their words on the pages. This mystery book will hopefully help them!