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Reading Curriculum News


Enhancing our approach to teaching reading is a WMS priority this year. All Head Teachers from Elementary through Middle School had the opportunity to work with literacy specialist, Lanny Ball over the course of a full day in September, and each level is following up with continued work with him throughout the fall. Teachers have enjoyed both watching Lanny work with students in an interactive read aloud, and having him guide them on how best to help students make great book choices and to work individually with students in an effort to help them think more deeply and analytically about their reading choices.

Middle School Book Club.
In Middle School students are excited that Advisor and Spanish teacher, Lauren Long, is offering a book club for MS students year. The first selection is Restart, by Gordon Korman. Book club participants will meet after the Thanksgiving break  for a light snack and to share their impressions of the story.

When a middle school bully suffers amnesia after a bad fall, it gives him the chance to start fresh, but rebuilding his life is an uphill battle when everyone else still remembers the sins of his past. Eighth-grader Chase Ambrose attempts to reconstruct himself based on what his friends and family tell him, but the more he learns about how he mistreated others, the less he likes the old Chase. Unable to play football while he’s healing, Chase joins the video club, whose members have good reason to distrust him. And while his former self did community service at a local retirement home, the new Chase comes to enjoy spending time with the residents—especially a grumpy veteran whose stories he values. In this compelling and sometimes humorous tale of nature and identity, Korman (Slacker) offers an intriguing exploration of the potential for redemption. By telling the story from multiple perspectives (Chase’s, as well as those of several classmates), he conveys a complex, thorough picture of Chase’s influence and impact on those around him.


Global Read Aloud.
lso in Middle school,  Kerry’s advisor group has joined the  2017 Global Read Aloud. They are partnered with a similar aged class in Austin, Texas for sharing and discussion of the book A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness. Students are enjoying the book and are loving being read to and also having a chance to discuss characters, analyze author intent, and predict the pat the story might take.

An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor. At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting – he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd – whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself – Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.



More on Reading…
We are looking forward to our January “Wednesday’s at WMS” offering. Led by Pat and Martha, the program will reveal how we begin to teach reading at WMS.

Wednesdays at WMS Learning to Read at WMS.
Wednesday, January 24—8:45 a.m.
Martha Readyoff (long-time LE teacher and current Learning Support Tutor) and Pat Werner will present a talk on reading at WMS. Supporting your child as they learn to read can be both exciting and stressful. From the moveable alphabet of Lower School to grammar boxes in Lower Elementary, there are many materials and activities that are used to help students as they learn to read. If you’re interested in gaining a better understanding of how WMS approaches reading, please join Martha and Pat for this discussion.

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