This year our school break coincides with Daylight Savings Time … which in my mind is the non-official start to Spring. While I missed the one hour of sleep last night, I will relish the extra hour of afternoon daylight for the next several months.
I’m currently reading The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult. One of the challenges for #MarchMysteryMadness is to read a historical mystery/thriller, and this book fits the category.
The story focuses on two survivors of World War II: a Jewish woman who witnessed the atrocities of the Halocaust, and a German SS soldier. As is typical of Picoult, the story unfolds with alternative viewpoints as well as alternative time periods, with flashbacks to the 1940s.
I’ve read half the book and plan to finish this week. While I enjoy the story, I find it difficult to read through some of the gruesome details. This will be my one WWII book of the year. I know it is important to never forget, but I also know my hyper-sensitivity cannot handle the emotional turmoil for long periods of time.
I finished reading Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty and LOVED it! I can hardly wait to read more by this author. Do you have a favorite?
The latter title is the first selection for my new book club. YES… I am (finally) going to be a member of a real book club! This has been a bucket-list item for years and I’m excited to get started. Our first meeting is mid-April and I am co-leading with two friends from school.
For those of you who are more experienced with book clubs, I’d love to hear any tips or suggestions you may have to keep the conversation fun and engaging.
Plans for Spring Break:
This time last year I was traveling with 37 other parents and students through London, Paris, Florence, Rome, and Sorrento. This year’s break will be considerably more mellow, but I look forward to it just the same.
I see lots of time for reading, of course, and writing.
I will focus my writing efforts on the second book in my Travel through Art series. This time, Ellie will travel to Boston.
Last week I finished outlining the story, both in Scrivener and on paper. Because of the various details of this project (paintings used for each chapter and iconic Boston sites to visit), I felt the need to draw a large map and trace her journey through the city. Since several friends asked me to share my outlining process, I created a video.
I will return to school with a vengeance next week. Not only will the English Comp class work feverishly to complete the research paper, but I will also substitute for the third-grade teacher.
It’s been a l-o-n-g time since I taught elementary students, but I’m looking forward to the opportunity to try my Writer’s Workshop curriculum. Monday will focus on writing a fractured fairy tale. I’ve had fun researching a variety of picture books to read with the class as examples. They will then create storyboards for their own fractured tale, and complete the illustrations and revisions at home.
On Friday, students will share their polished fairy tales, and then we will begin a mystery writing workshop. Again, I have several picture books to read as examples, and then students will develop a mystery complete with a crime, a list of suspects, and a variety of clues. I hope to end the session with students sharing their mysteries and the class trying to solve them.
For the third year in a row, I plan to take part in the A-Z Blogging Challenge. March 19th is the date for the official “theme reveal” so I will wait another week to share my topic with you.
I did spend several hours yesterday trying to devise a blog post for each letter of the alphabet. Surprisingly, the most difficult letters for me this year are J and K.
I do enjoy the creative challenge of this annual blog tour, and I look forward to discovering new online friends in this fun, somewhat educational, event.
I hope you didn’t miss that hour of sleep too much last night … and I wish you lots of sunshine and warm temperatures in the upcoming week.