Harry Potter Novel Study

My sixth grade students have chosen to read “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” We are currently studying literary elements including characters, setting, plot and theme. Today, we did a respond to text and here is a sample from one of my students.  The most interesting thing that has happened in the book was when Harry Potter had to run through the wall to get to the train. I was unsure that he was not going to make it because he closed his eyes and…

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The House With the Clock in It’s Walls

This book is about how a kids parents die in a car accident. He has to go live with his uncle that is a witch, but he doesn’t know that in the beginning. Lewis hears clocks all night long. When school starts he has no friends. Then one day he was at the baseball field trying to hit a ball with a bat.  Another kid comes over to help him and they become friends. Lewis says his uncle can make the moon eclipse, so the…

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The Sparrow and Children of God by Mary Doria Russell

I have a two-book series in my home library that is near and dear to my heart.  I reread both books whenever my faith in other people, or myself, is shaken to the core.  The first book, The Sparrow, tells the story of a Jesuit priest who travels to a newly discovered planet, Rhakhat, to get to know and love God’s other children.   He returns to planet Earth with his hands damaged beyond repair and his faith in God shaken to the core.   In southwest lingo, we say,  “he got…

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