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We're Booked @ CHS! Makes Tagxedos of their Favorite Books

We're booked at CHS! recently made Tagxedos of their favorite books and they are on display in the media center. Tagxedo is a word cloud generator that can be used in the classroom. Their tag line is "Tag Clouds with Style" which is very true! It is very similar to Wordle, but has some nicer features with it. You can choose shapes and themes for your word cloud and unlike Wordle, you can save your image in PNG, JPEG or IMGUR formats. Best of all...IT IS FREE!! Below are some of the tagxedos our book club made.

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Favorite Quote: "Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." ~John Dewey

Just Finished Reading...

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

This book is one of the nominees for the SC Young Adult Book Award for 2013-14.

Louisiana native, Rory Devereaux, is excited to begin her studies at the esteemed private boarding school, Wexford, in London while her parents begin new jobs several hours away in Bristol. She is adjusting very well to this new life in London as she meets new friends; among them Jazza, her roommate and Jerome, her quasi-boyfriend. Then, a string of murders begin occurring that are reminiscent of the Jack the Ripper murders in 1888. After Rory has a near death experience at school, she begins to see "shades" or ghosts roaming around London. This ability brings her to the attention of a squad of young people who have the same ability as Rory and they, along with Rory, must find a way to help catch this illusive killer before he kills again.

Recommended Professional Development Reading...

Deeper Reading by Kelly Gallagher

Kelly Gallagher, author of Reading Reasons, shows how students can be taught to successfully read a broad range of challenging and difficult texts with deeper levels of comprehension. In Deeper Reading, Kelly shares effective, classroom-tested strategies that enable your students to: accept the challenge of reading difficult books; move beyond a "first draft" understanding of the text into deeper levels of reading; consciously monitor their comprehension as they read; employ effective fix-it strategies when their comprehension begins to falter; use meaningful collaboration to achieve deeper understanding of texts; think metaphorically to deepen their reading comprehension; reach deeper levels of reflection by understanding the relevance the book holds for themselves and their peers; use critical thinking skills to analyze real-world issues. Kelly also provides guidance on effective lesson planning that incorporates strategies for deeper reading. Funny, poignant, and packed with practical ideas that work in real classrooms, Deeper Reading is a valuable resource for any teacher whose students need new tools to uncover the riches found in complex texts.