The Genre Reading Club Takes Wings!

by Gail Limmer

genre_reading.jpgThe Genre Reading club is a group of fourth and fifth grade students that met on Tuesday mornings before school to read and discuss literature from a variety of genres. This year we read 3 very exciting books. We read and discussed a few chapters from the current book each week. Once we finished reading a book the students took an online survey. Take a look at what we have read this year:



1. Genre: Realistic Fiction

No Talking by Andrew Clements

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Summary: The noisy fifth grade boys of Laketon Elementary School challenge the equally loud fifth grade girls to a "no talking" contest.


Here are some comments from club members:

"I think My Class Should Read This Book Because It Will Teach Them A Lesson To BE Quiet."
"I think my class would like this book because it is about a school were there was a competition between boys and girls.The competition was about the boys and girls not talking.If the boys talked the girls got a point, if the girls talked the boys got a point."
"I think my classmates will like this book because it was very exciting."
"My classmates will love this book because the book is about boys vs. girls and very interesting and you can learn a lesson." "My classmates will love this book because it's like a journey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

2. Genre: Adventure and Fantasy

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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

Summary: Edward Tulane, a cold-hearted and proud toy rabbit, loves only himself until he is separated from the little girl who adores him and travels across the country, acquiring new owners and listening to their hopes, dreams, and histories.

Here are some comments from club members:

"My classmates would love the book because it was funny."
"I would like my class to read this because it will teach them about how they feel when they are alone and are thrown to other families."
"My classmates would love this book because it tells you about a china rabbit who gets tossed from person to person and it shows what love really is...it is so sad"
"The book was funny!! I like the part when the chef cracked Edward's head on the table and the boy screamed."

3. Genre: Mystery

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett

vermeer.jpg Summary: When seemingly unrelated and strange events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal.