Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover–(but, what about the start?)

Read this…

Now, read…..


Okay…how about this…


Which would you pick as a John Newbery Medal winner?

{The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.} http://www.ala.org

Click here for a list of Newbery Medal winners. 

How about as the runner up as a Newbery honoree?

Which book would you guess has not been awarded at all?

Out of the three, which caught your attention the most?

Which book would you want to keep reading?

Isn’t it interesting? The art of the start.

The first book, Because of Mr. Terupt, has no awards, yet has some heavy buzz of high interest surrounding it. Isn’t the start intriguing? As a middle grades teacher, it snapped at me. I was instantly attracted. Yet, the language was a bit drab–(an old fart?)

The second, The Crossover, by Kwan Alexander, is a John Newberry Winner. The free verse zoomed to my eyes. How can anyone not love free verse as a novel? Its raw quality with precise words and imagery hooks the reader.

Finally, Dogsong, by Gary Paulsen, a Newberry Honor winner provokes the reader with a poem.

Isn’t that interesting? Both Newbery winner and honoree use poetry to start their novels. Is there a connection?

The power of poetry.

Shouldn’t all writing classes then begin with poetry?

Something to reflect on….

Start Class Each Day with a Poem

Poetry in Motion
Web Links to Poetry Resources
Poetry Apps
Poetry and Performance

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