SSR Book Project

Hallie Rusk

"High Heat" By: Carl Deuker

This is a fiction book based on a kid named Shane Hunter. He is a kid that was a high school baseball player. After his dad died, a lot changed. He and his family had to adjust to a new house, new school, new neighborhood, new everything. After this tragedy, Shane decided to quit playing baseball. He was later convinced to tryout for his school's baseball team. He had been struggling the whole season with pitching until he accidentally hit a kid and put him in the hospital. He and this kid later decided to work on baseball together. Shane eventually got back to how he pitched before and had chosen to move on from the accident. I would rate this book about a 4. I really enjoyed it and was really interesting but it wasn't my favorite.

"When" By: Victoria Laurie

The genre of this book is mystery. It's based on a girl named Maddie Finn who has a strange ability of being able to see people's death dates. During the book, she has to overcome many obstacles because of this ability. She doesn't always enjoy being able to see death dates because in the book, she sees a few people's dates and some FBI agents find out and think that she has something to do with three recent murders. I would rate this book about a 5 because it always kept me reading and I really enjoyed it.

"Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban" By: J.K. Rowling

This book could be put under multiple genre's but I'm going to put under the fantasy genre. This book is about a famous wizard named Harry Potter. He is famous because he survived a Nother wizard who was trying to kill him and his parents. He has to live up to a lot at school because of his famous history and his famous scar. He overcomes many obstacles with help from his friends Ron and Hermione. I would rate this book a 4. It can get boring at times but I really enjoyed it.

"Out of the Dust" By: Karen Hesse

"Out of the Dust" is a historical-drama. It takes place in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl. Billie Jo is the main character who struggles after an accident. After the accident, her mother soon passed away and she had severe burns on her hands. Billie Jo and her father are left all alone together. Billie Jo then decides she's tired of the dust and she wants to get out. She takes a train and leaves Oklahoma. After meeting a stranger on the train, she decides she wants only her home and her father. The burns on her hands make her struggle with playing the piano which she loved. She eventually starts playing the piano again. Also, her relationship with her father is closer than ever. I would rate this book about a 3 or 4. I didn't mind this book, but it was sometimes hard to comprehend. Other than the comprehension part, I enjoyed it.

Reading Reflection

This year I learned a lot. I learned about my active reader strategies. I learned that using these strategies while reading helps me comprehend a lot more. I use visualization the most when I read. I also ask questions like; what is going to happen next, or why is this person doing what they're doing, etc. Another active reader strategy that I use when I read is infer. When I get done reading, I like to infer what's might happen next or why something happened. Inferring also helps me comprehend.


I've also learned more a about literary elements. I learned about how you can put the events in the story in order. I learned how to determine the plot. I also learned how to determine what the rising action and falling action. I learned more about conflict, cause, and effect too.

Another thing I learned more about was setting. I also learned about characters and author's purpose. When we got those Critical Reading packets, that really helped me. It taught me about using the strategies and elements to comprehend. I also learned about author's purpose and critical thinking skills with our Critical Readings.


Another thing I learned more about was setting. I also learned about characters and author's purpose. When we got those Critical Reading packets, that really helped me. It taught me about using the strategies and elements to comprehend. I also learned about author's purpose and critical thinking skills with our Critical Readings.


During the year, I learned how to read more fluently. Reading our book club books aloud helped me. Reading aloud helped me with my fluency out loud. Our SSR time also helped me. SSR helped me with staying focused and remembering the right place to read.

Write to Learn

Dear School Board,

I would like to discuss a problem with you. In most schools today, students are playing video games, whether they're finding a way to play on school devices or they're playing on their own devices. They are choosing video games over important things like family, homework, reading, and more.


Choosing video games over reading is a big deal. Kids need to read. It will help them with so much. It can help you with something like getting your reading level higher. It can teach you a lot more than you think it might. It will help you throughout grade school. It can also help you once you're in college and after college.


In my opinion, reading is really great. I think that some people don't really enjoy reading because they haven't found a book that they have an interest in. People should find books that will keep them reading. They need to find a book that will make them want to keep reading when they're ready to stop. If you don't have a book with good qualities like this, more than likely you'll turn to video games or television.


I enjoy reading so much. I find books interesting when they are fiction. Some people are the opposite. They prefer non-fiction. Some people think that reading is boring, and they don't want just fiction or non-fiction. Well, there are many other genres of books that they can choose; fiction, non-fiction, science-fiction, mystery, myth, etcetera. Personally, my favorite genre is mystery because it always keeps me reading. If kids would just put down their games and pick up a book long enough to interest them, they might start to feel the same way.


Some advantages you have with reading compared to playing video games and watching television are; it improves your vocabulary, it builds your reading level and more. Those are only a few examples of advantages with reading.


I think that a way you could make kids want to read is by making it more enjoyable. If you found a way to make reading fun, kids might actually want to read. They would see reading as a version of something fun to do in their free time. I hope you take my suggestions into consideration.


Sincerely,

Hallie Rusk