SSR Project

Emma Ahrendsen

Michael Vey: Storm of Lightening by Richard Paul Evans

This is a science-fiction novel. It's about a group of kids that have electrical powers. They are fighting off the guy that created him because he wants to take over the world and make everything evil. This is the fifth book in the series. They're will be two more books coming out. They are majorly struggling. The group of kids get to meet up with their family again; this book is mainly them planning and recuperating from the last couple of fights they've had. I would rate this book a 4.9 because Evans does a good job of keeping the book interesting and descriptive, but it doesn't have as much action as my preferred books would. This book still had some action though. I like Richard Paul Evans as an author. I can't wait until the next Micheal Vey book comes out.

Penny Royal Academy by M.A. Larson

Penny Royal Academy is a fantasy book. It's about a girl raised by dragons that goes to a princess academy. She struggles to become a princess and fight off witches. She soon finds out that she is really a princess and was saved by dragons from her stepmother who is a witch. I would rate this a 4 because it's not like the books I normally read, but I still liked it. The huge twist at the end kept me interested all through the book because you could tell something wasn't right. This book is the first book in the series; the second one has not come out yet.

Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender

This is a horror book. It is about a girl that gives up her soul to a demon. They go through a bunch of trouble trying to kill the demon; their house burns down. While it was burning down the successfully killed the demon. I would give this book a 4.5 because it had a lot of action in it, and the author keeps you interested. I actually read the book in a day. I only give it a 4.5 because it's not my favorite book.

From Bad to Cursed by Katie Alender

From Bad to Cursed is the second book in the Bad Girls Don't Die series. It is also a horror book. This time a demon makes promises to make their lives perfect and happy. They form a group called the Sunshine Club. Only certain people make it in, and they have to take an oath. Eventually the demon starts to make them angry, and they don't want to be controlled by him anymore. They then destroy the book that he lived in and the demon is gone.

Reading Reflection

In 7th grade I have learned that I like different kinds of books. I found out that I like not only fantasy and action book but also horror books. I got more into horror books, and I like them. I like them because they keep the reader interested, and it's never boring. I have also learned that the more books you read the better you understand yourself. Finding a book you like is kind of a guess and hope it works out ok. The more you read the better you get at knowing what kind of books you like, and you can find books a lot easier. This year I have expanded my reading genres and lengthened my stamina.

I have noticed that I use the active reader sttrategies a little bit more. I mainly use visualizations and inferring. I also do a lot of schematic. I pick out the important parts but still keep the smaller parts in the back of my mind.

I need to work more on monitoring my comprehension though. I normally just read and don't pay attention to if I'm comprehending what I'm reading. I need to work on that because if I don't understand what I'm reading I need to stop and reread or something so I understand it better. I also need to work on synthesizing. I'm really not sure on what it is so I don't know if I do that or not.

I am pretty good at following the plot line and figuring out important people. I really don't notice myself doing that when I read, but I do it when I'm recalling what happened in my book. I like figuring out and filling out plot lines because then it reminds me of the good parts in my book.

Overall this year I have improved greatly in reading. I am actually not that bad at reading and this year I have gotten even better. I have learned the reader strategies and literary elements. I knew what they were before, but I never applied them to my reading. I have definetely became a better reading student this year.

Write to Learn

Dear President of the School Board,

I think more people need to read at home instead of playing video games or watching TV. It expands your vocabulary and lengthens your stamina. A few ways we could do that is by giving them rewards, having a contest or maybe even a party. We would do things that appeal to students; not something that high school students would think is stupid. I think one of the problems is that everyone thinks that reading is lame, and we need to get them to not think that anymore.

I like reading because it lets me use my imagination. I get lost in books really easily, so when I read it's easy for me to understand what is going on. I like reading better than watching TV because on TV I don't understand as well what is going on. If I have the actually words in front of me, I understand it better.

A way we could get more people to start reading at home is by offering a reward. If student finishes a certain number of books in the year then they get a pizza party or something. This number would vary for different age groups, of course. The number would also have to be high enough that they can't just read in class and get away with it.

Another way you could get people to read is giving them a free assignment pass, which can be used for any assignment, for every book they finish. The student would still have to take tests but not do as many assignments. I know some kids who would like that.

We could also have a contest to see who could read the most books. If you read the most books, you get some really good prize. I think that would get people interested. The school board and other businesses and boards in town could donate money or a prize to the competition. There should also be a requirement for the contest, like your grades have to be passing or if you have missing work then you can't win. Each school, elementary, middle school, and high school could all have their own competitions, or you could do it by grades. This would get a lot of people interested if we had good prizes.

A fun thing would be doing a school wide party for the kids that meet a requirement of how many books you need to read. Teachers could bring treats, and kids could do whatever they want the whole afternoon. The kids would have no homework to make up or anything. They would just have an afternoon of doing whatever they wanted in the school. They could watch movies, play games, take naps, or whatever you wanted to do. There would have to be teachers supervising though.

I agree with people that kids need to start reading more. Maybe, some of these methods would work, like getting to do something or not do something. A lot of people think that video games are bad for kids. I agree with that. Hopefully, you get some ideas from this!