In her comment here, author, blogger, and fellow teacher Kate Messner has given me a fantastic idea for my survival-themed unit at the beginning of the year. How cool would it be to have half the class read Life As We Knew It and the other half read the dead and the gone? I can imagine how this would start off the year- “Life As We Knew It” scared the bejeezus out of me and I am sure “the dead and the gone” will do the same. See, now I have a good excuse for an ARC! I want to read it and then get it approved by the district so that I can use it first thing next year.
Seriously though, how cool would that be? “Life As We Knew It” is getting raves from my kids this year, boys and girls alike. I think this would be a fantastic way to kick off the year!