Students, I’ve been so pleased to see the enthusiasm for reading that you have shown in these first weeks of school!  Already you are bringing your public library books, paperbacks, Kindles,  and Nooks to class.  You’re browsing the classroom library and checking out titles from best-selling young adult authors. Extra minutes in class have been spent productively, with you choosing to read once your binders are organized and your letters are written.  This is exciting!  We are building a community of writers and readers in our seventh grade classroom.

We can all foster this enthusiasm for reading and support the growth of our class library by ordering books from Scholastic.  You can browse each month’s book flyer and order online here or from the link on my website (it’s under the “resources” tab).  Our class ordering code is GNM2B.  

I’ve been thinking about what I want to read for my reading log this nine weeks. I’ve almost finished my audiobook How the Light Gets In, the recent Louise Penny mystery I mentioned in my letter to you, so I think I’ll get started on my required biography/autobiography.  I’ve checked out a book about the Bronte children:  Charlotte, Emily, Anne.  I know a few of you are familiar with Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights, and both are on my list of favorite books.  I’ve listened to my Jane Eyre audiobook three or four times over the years, and I know I will listen to it again.  I am really looking forward to learning more about the lives of Charlotte, Emily, and their lesser-known sister.  All were writers, and all are interesting to me.

What person have you chosen to learn more about in your reading this nine weeks?  What makes you interested in the life of that person?

Visitors, have you read an interesting biography or autobiography recently?  Leave us a comment here.



63 thoughts on “Reading

  1. I’m not sure who I’m going to read about yet, but I might read about Adolf Hitler. I’m interested in knowing how he came into power and why he killed so many people.

  2. I have chosen to read about Misty May Treanor. I am interested in reading about her because I love volleyball, and would like to learn about her journey to become the #1 ranked player in the world.

  3. I am thinking of reading about either Missy Franklin or Veronica Roth. Missy Franklin really interests and inspires me because she won a gold medal for swimming in the Olympics when she was just b17. I would love to read about the hard work that went into achieving that. Also, I would love to learn about Veronica Roth’s life because she wrote one of my favorite books, Divergent.

  4. I read an autobiography about Ronald Reagan, he was one of the most interesting presidents of the United States. He saved over 50 lives as a lifeguard when he was 17!

  5. I have chosen to read about Benedict Arnold. I think it’s really interesting, because mainly people know about him for being a traitor, and they don’t know about his life before that.

  6. I have chosen to read about Shawn Johnson. I want to learn more about her life, because she is my favorite gymnast that used to compete in the summer Olympics.

  7. I am about to read a biography on William Henry Harrison. He seems to have an interesting life because of his short-lived presidency. I’m still wondering how he was killed.

  8. I am in the middle of reading a book about John Lennon and his killer. I am interested in John Lennon because he was in my favorite band the Beatles.

  9. I am reading about Winston Churchill who the prime minister of Brittan during world war 2. Churchill is well known for his war speeches. I enjoyed reading about him because even when Brittan was being bombed, He was calm, unlike most.

  10. I would like to read about a scientist such as Albert Einstein, or a computer hacker, like Kevin Mitnick. It’s interesting on how one man reshaped our knowledge of the universe, and how a hacker was able to breach into many major companies,to the point that people started saying that he could start a nuclear war by simply whistling into a payphone.

  11. I’m going to learn about J.K. Rowling. I love Harry Potter, so this a is perfect opportunity for me to lean more about one of my all-time favorite authors. If that doesn’t work out, I’ll read about Janet Evanovitch, who has written The Heist and the Stephanie Plum series as well as many others

  12. I have chosen to read about Jerry Spinelli, it was a biography of his life from the age one to sixteen. I thought it may be cool to read about a kid’s life and compare it and see if he is experiencing some of my every day problems or vice versa. It was a very interesting story of his life, I liked it very much and I think you should read it too.

  13. I am not completely sure who I want to learn about yet, but I think it is going to be Steve Jobs. I want to learn about the life of Steve Jobs because I think that is amazing that he went from designing video games to becoming one of the best computer designers in the world.

  14. I’d like to learn about Tim Tebow. He is a quarterback that has played for the Broncos and the Jets. The reason that I’m interested in learning more about him is because I love football. He is also very strong in his faith, which is another thing that I like about him.

  15. I really want to find a book about an artist I discovered. She paints only in white, but different values of white, like gray-white, blue-white, yellow white, and more. She is mentally ill, and i would be very interested to see life from her perspective. The only thing is…I can’t remember her name!

  16. I am reading a biography on Muhammad Ali. I wanted to read about him because he was considered to be the greatest boxer of all time and I thought that was really neat.

  17. I have been reading about Abraham Lincoln. I chose to learn about him because I wanted to learn more about the way he helped ended slavery. I seems really hard to face your own country in battle, and I want to see how he did it.

  18. I am reading about Mother Teresa. I haven’t learned much about her but I have heard about her but I don’t know what she has done!

  19. I am reading a biography about Si Robertson because he is very funny. He also has a very interesting story about what it was like growing up in the 1950’s.

  20. I’m reading about Tim Tebow, the quarterback for the New York Jets. I’m intrigued in this book because I love football and believe in the Christian faith just like Tim.

  21. I didn’t really know who to read more about, until I picked up the book ( Chinese Cinderella The True Story Of An Unwanted Daughter.) It’s about a girl in Tainjin China who was unwanted. As I read the first page I was inspired, and had an unquenchable thirst to know about her life. I’ve always been interested in knowing what really happens in China.

  22. I want to learn more about George (Babe) Ruth. He is known as the best baseball player to ever live and want to know if he really was. There are many myths about him that I don’t know the answer to, like if he called his shot when he hit a home run in the World Series. He is a very interesting character and I would like to learn more about him.

  23. I am going to read the book about Steve Jobs “The Man Who Thought Different.” I want to read this because I am really interested in he iPhones and know that he invented them but wanted to know about how he came up with the ideas. I have also heard that he was fired before from Apple because he was a bad leader. I

  24. I really want to read a book about Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn, but I can’t find one. Marilyn Monroe really inspires me as a beautiful actor and Audrey Hepburn is just naturally amazing with her easy flow of words in movies. I have heard that their lives are very interesting and I would definitely want to find out more about them!

  25. I am reading about Steve Jobs, who you might know, unless you live under a rock. I wanted to read about him, because he pioneered the computer industry. This led to me playing Angry Birds or Browsing Instagram on my iPhone. I am finding his life to have been very interesting, and I think you should check it out.

  26. I want to read Gabby Douglas’s auto biography.I want to learn more about her. she is one of my role models and I want to know more about her personal life!

  27. I haven’t checked out a book yet, but I’m hoping to find a book about Alex Morgan because she is my favorite soccer player and I’m hoping to get some inspiration from a biography about her.

  28. I haven’t chosen one yet, but I am thinking about buying the one that you read on Tina Fey because I love her so much and I think she is hilarious. If I can’t get my hands about that because I would also like to read about Anne Frank because I did a little project on her in 3rd grade, but I would like o learn more.

  29. I am reading about Victor Cruz, an American football player on the New York Giants. I’m reading about him because football is my favorite sport and my cousins are huge New York Giant fans!

  30. I’ve been reading about Chris Kyle, He was the most lethal sniper in history. It is very interesting how he balances the military and family.

  31. I’m not 100% sure what biography I’m going to read, but I know what I want to read about. A few days ago, I went to the library and got a few books on people who made scientific discoveries that made a large impact to the world. I’m thinking about maybe reading a biography about Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb.

  32. I chose to read a book that had lots of mini biographies about scientists. Some of those scientists are Marie Curie, Steven Hawking, and many more. They are really cool!

  33. I have chosen to read and learn more about Mckayla Moroney. She is such an amazing role model. I am interested in learning about her journey to the Olympics.

  34. Right now, I am reading a biography of Kate Middleton and her heritage and childhood. With Prince William’s heritage and childhood as well. I love reading about how Kate was a very athletic child, bullied a lot, and found her best friends in college. She is a great role model and she is a very kind person. I think it’s funny because when she was in college she said she would marry Prince William in her teenage dreams. Look where she is now.

  35. I am planning to read about Li Keng Wong, an immigrant from China during the Great Depression. I had read the book before, but forgot what it’s about. I had always wondered what the Great Depression was about

  36. I have decided to read about Bessie Coleman for my reading log. I’m interested in her because she was the first black woman to earn her pilot’s license. She was denied from her entry’s in the United States so she taught herself french and moved to France earning her license there.

  37. I have been reading “Black Elk Speaks” a book about a Native American Medicine man. I wanted to learn about their lifestyles and share in his visions.

  38. I have chosen to read about Steve Jobs or Li Keng Wong. I want to learn about Jobs because, well, he was awesome. Li Keng Wong has an autobiography about her and her family moving to San Fransisco from China.

    • You’re right! I think Steve Jobs was awesome too. I wanted to get an autobiography about him, but they were out at the library. It seems cool to learn about how he invented all the Apple products and when he’d learned about it.

  39. I have chosen to learn and read more about in this nine weeks about Toni Morrison. I am interested in the life of this person because I have always wanted to know what the blacks did for a living back when there was segregation since they didn’t have a lot of job opportunities.

  40. I have read about Miley Cyrus in the past so I am going to learn more about her, I am interested because she started her career so young and I wonder how hard that was for her.

  41. I am currently reading about Nolan Ryan. The reason why I am interested is because he was a great baseball pitcher. I play baseball so I want to know more about him.

  42. I chose to read about Marie Curie. I am reading about Marie Curie because my dad got a book about her and she was a scientist. I am crazy about science!

  43. Well, since you asked, I’ve been reading about Kevin Mitnick. You may know him, you may not. It all depends on how much contact with computers and the internet, and perhaps your job with the FBI. Anyway, in case you don’t know the guy, he was the most wanted hacker in the USA. His story is actually very interesting. You might want to look into it.

    • I also want to read about Kevin Mitnick, because he sounds like a very interesting person. I’m into computers too, and he seems cool.

    • I am also on the Mitnick bandwagon. So far it’s very interesting, and makes me want to learn more about computers than I already do.

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