In honor of the 40th anniversary of Tuck Everlasting, one of my all-time favorite books, here is a blast from the past post. Back in 2007 I was teaching 6th grade and Tuck was the first novel I read with my students.
In class, we have been doing a close reading of “Tuck Everlasting” for the last few days. We re-read the Prologue and Chapter 1, annotating when necessary. It is so amazing to hear my students say, “Wow! I didn’t even realize that circle had meaning the first time I read it!” I think they are starting to understand the need to sometimes re-read parts of a book, especially when you want to clarify certain points or respond to the book in writing. This is a skill they will need to hone as they move through the middle school and high school and one they aren’t explicitly taught at any grade level. I am having so much fun with it!
Today, we read an excerpt from “Circling Tuck: An Interview with Natalie Babbitt” from Horn Book in 2000. The interview is wonderful and Babbitt shares a lot of great…
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