Hello and happy Saturday. If you’re my friends on Goodreads, you probably know it took me the longest time to read The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker, a book I found at a Dollar Tree during my latest trip to the U.S in July 2016.
It is a good book, and I think I really started loving it during the last hundred pages, the thing is it took me so long to finish reading it because I was simultaneously coming up with a novel study to sell on my TPT store.
Now, here’s where having one blog for everything becomes really fun and useful for me, because I can talk about my bookish things and my teaching things in the same space.
For those of you who don’t know, TPT stands for Teachers Pay Teachers, a website in which teachers post their products (which can be free or have a price) so that other teachers can get them. It is an absolutely fantastic idea, and I can’t tell you how many times a product on TPT has helped my lessons. A few months ago I decided to create my own store and sell my resources, and actually this very morning I updated it and made some changes to the product listing, and also to my profile picture to match the one I use in this blog and in other social media.
I decided to make a novel study for this book because I think it’s got one of those stories that is very relevant for our time, and it has the reader thinking the whole time and asking themselves questions that can spark very interesting discussions. This book is told by eleven-year-old Julia, and it starts around the time when everybody starts realizing that the Earth is slowing down, which causes the days and nights to be longer. Julia’s narrative alternates between all the changes the world undergoes due to the slowing, but it also focuses on her own life, her family, her relationships with friends, and even what happens with her crush, Seth Moreno.
The reason why it took me so long to read, and also the reason why I think this book would be great for middle school or even underclassmen is because it constantly made me stop and reflect upon what I just read. Though I did come up with a novel study that has a space to write one’s answers after each question, I think it’s a book that can easily be worked on by discussing it in class. I believe it is controversial enough to serve as the starter for debates, and that it is so close to what we’re living with climate change that amazing research papers can come from ideas present in this book.
If you’re interested in the novel study, click here to check it out. I also put together a preview, which are the questions for one of the longest chapters. You can download those and then see if you’d like to pay for the whole novel study, including pre and post reading questions. Please let me know if there are other books you’d like me to see and make novel studies for, and I’ll be sure to check them out!
Love, Miss Camila