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This week I'm desperately trying to make a dent in my summer reading list that was assigned to my students. I'm moving islands this year and have a new job teaching 9th grade English. The books were assigned by the department so I got the following from the local library:
The Girl in the Moon Circle by Sia Figiel is a glimpse of Samoan life through the eyes of 10-year-old Samoana.
Hawaiian Fishing Traditions by Moke Manu is a collection of legends essays on traditional fishing practices.
Ancient O'ahu: Stories from Fornander and Thrum - stories collected by Fornander and Thrum in the 1800's and translated into English.
Baby No-Eyes by Patrcia Grace
Baby No-eyes is Te Paania's first child, killed in a car crash before she even leaves the womb. Baby's ghost returns to comfort Te Paania, and when Baby's brother Tawera is born he takes her place in the world although she is always by his side.
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
I realize that we lose readers in high school when the demands of the books they must read overwhelm their ability to read the books they want to read, so although there are things that I "must" teach in a secondary classroom, I will try my best to balance that with free choice and the power to show learning in a variety of ways.
Happy reading week to you all!