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Good old English Language Arts time! Not going to lie, it took me a while to even sit down and write this post. I’m not even sure why. I have nothing against it, and I am a writer so it should be something I enjoy right? Wrong, I have called upon my best friend’s eldest daughter to help me with teaching my son English. As it turns out, I am not all that good at it and she is in college to become a high school English teacher. Perfect fit right? It helps that she knows Gavin really well, and loves him to bits. It’s a win-win, I don’t have to do much, he gets a teacher that knows what they are doing and she gets some experience. On the other hand, he also has Lex, who wants to be an editor (or stage manager), to help him too.
So even though I really had no desire to write this post, the show must go on. I can’t share what we are using for all other subjects and not share English, that would be weird. So here is what we are using, keeping in mind that Aubrey may change things up as we move along.
Side note-I don’t have much to say about most of these books as they speak for themselves.
Gavin surprised me when he informed me that he hadn’t ever heard of Island of the Blue Dolphins, let alone read it. So this is the first book we are working on together as a read aloud. I also printed off a Novel Study from Teachers Pay Teachers to go along with it. This was my favorite book from elementary school and I hope he loves it as much as I did.
This book here is my favorite book of all time and I am currently on my 10th copy. I’ve read it so many times in the last 30 years…holy crap, it’s been 30 years since I was in 7th grade….Moving on, the books were all so well-loved that I replaced it often. This will be our second read-aloud of the year as it is time for me to read it again anyways.
Next, we move on to this series, only we are not reading in the order that it comes in our box set, we are reading it in publication order, the order the author meant them to be read. When I was a kid, I watched the movie so many times that I had it memorized, but to be honest, I am not sure I ever read the books at all. Now it’s time for me to do so with my son.
I am not sure if we will get to this one for a read-aloud this year, but I hope so, another favorite of mine that I want to introduce to Gavin. And before you ask, he has approved every book choice, I am not forcing them on him.
With the Lemony Snicket series, which we have all read many times, we are doing a Battle of the Books kind of thing with Lex. Then Lex and Gavin will each write a series of questions and then Lex quizzes Gavin using the questions to gauge what he knows from reading the books.
Gavin has requested to do book reports this year and wants to do them on the Hobbit and all 3 of the Lord of the Rings books. Not sure if we will get to all of them this year or not, but I am excited for him to read them so that we can watch the movies. I am looking forward to a 6 movie marathon in the future, I haven’t done that in years, since before he was old enough to even understand the movies.
The last thing we are working on isn’t through a book. Gavin has decided to write a book and participate in the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program. However, when he is not working on the book, either Aubrey or myself, gives him a creative writing prompt. So far, that is his favorite thing to do during the school day.
What books are your 7th grader reading this year?