Possible Idea?

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!

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5 Responses

  1. Oooohh…now there’s a thought!

    Note that I am mildly jealous (Did I say mildly? I meant INSANELY jealous) of anyone who has an ARC of The Dead and the Gone. I’ve read some incredible reviews and can’t wait for this one.

  2. Well, in that case I am also mildly jealous. :)

    I don’t think I can last until June!!!

  3. but—can the dead and the gone be as good of a read if you don’t read Life as We Knew It first? I dunno the answer, having only read LAWKI, but i suspect it sets the stage for the tdatg. I think Life As We Knew it stretches outside the survival fiction genre, but in great ways and one of the most lasting impressions i had from reading the book was a feeling of pure gratitude for many simple pleasures, like getting a glass of water from the tap, vacuuming the carpets, and eating canned food. i booktalked both Peak and LAWKI this year and LAWKI has had more sustained interest and has been finished by more of my students.

  4. I think having half the class read Life As We Knew It and half read the dead and the gone is a wonderful idea. Then again, I’m not exactly objective.

    I don’t have any more ARCs left of d&g, but I might be able to help you with an early copy anyway. E-mail me at susanpfeffer@mail.com if you’re interested (if I screwed up my e-mail address, you can just use the link on my blog).

  5. Amy- As far as my own knowledge goes, D&G is a companion novel, set at the same time but not dealing with the same characters. From what I gather, both novels can stand on their own. Maybe like Lois Lowry’s Giver trilogy? Gathering Blue and The Giver are both independent novels tied together by the third book, The Messenger. Of course, this is why I need to read D&G before I move forward with this much more!

    Sue- Oh my goodness! I can’t believe you stumbled on my blog. :) I am off to email you right now! Oh, and I think you are allowed to be biased. ;)

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