summer reading

51fGhOk4bLLSummer is winding down. This is always a bittersweet time of year. Sad because the busyness of the school year will soon begin again, but happy because I love teaching! Sad because our youngest goes back to college in three weeks, but happy because we get to visit Gainesville! I think fall has always been my favorite time of year, but one great thing about summer is a lot more time to read. Continue reading


summer reading list

942384_508144865923732_1737032538_nMy best memories of summer were visiting my aunt, uncle, and cousins in Michigan. My Uncle Tom was one of my favorite people in the world, so spending time with him was wonderful. And, I had a cousin my age, and we had so much fun together. And, they had a small town and old house that was everything I dreamed of. I thought this was truly a magical place. But, getting there involved a long road trip, so I would get to indulge in another love ~ reading. The librarian would let me check out extra books and keep them for a longer time for our trip. Happy dance! Ok, so for me, still one of the best things about summer is time to READ!! All those books I set aside on the busy days during the school year, I finally have time to enjoy. Continue reading

Chronological reading list for high school


5b8bb4269824c7dc6fb4bb33ae20c731One of the great joys of teaching high school students is the wonderful literature you get to share with them. Teaching the lessons of books like BeowulfUp From Slavery, and To Kill a Mockingbird is such a thrill. Meshing the literature and history together makes it an even richer experience. It is so much fun to see kids who thought To Kill a Mockingbird would be soooo boring, end up truly enjoying it. Here is a list of some of the favorites of my students. Enjoy! Continue reading