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Laurenwhite0508

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Laurenwhite0508

To build on my last post, I do think that some responsibility needs to be assumed for making newcomers to social media aware of this information. I would love to do a unit one day on some of the things she touched on in this book. She made me very aware of the power that social media (and the internet in general) holds over us, and I think that there is a lot of value in the idea that we do have the ability to at least educate ourselves on it.

kristinsmoyer Yes, social media is such an instant way to intake information, yet because it is often so surface level, it can send false messages! This is an interesting topic! 1w
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Laurenwhite0508

I really enjoyed reading chapter four of this book, which was all about social media. Not only did I learn a lot of things I did not know about brain chemistry, algorithms, etc. but it also prompted me to think about how social media outlets have become and extremely controlling presence in the last several years. I think this chapter alone would be a great addition to any middle/ high school classroom. This information is extremely relevant.

ms.miranda_readsbooks The social media chapter of this book also made me wonder how it could be paired up with the next book on our reading list which is about a certain case of social media gone bad. I haven't started reading it yet but based on the synopsis it seems like a good book for discussing how harmful social media can be and how important it is to be aware of that. Maybe it could even be paired with this last chapter from the book? (edited) 1w
ms.reagan I talked about this too! Social media is already such a big presence in the lives of our students, and the biggest impact we can have is to help make them aware of the benefits and drawbacks! 6d
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I am very fond of the idea of using this book as a part of a larger research unit/ project. Obviously the general idea of the entire book is very valuable to impressionable young people, but I also think that implementing some of the ideas in this book on the heels of reading it would be a great way to reinforce the risk of misinformation and disinformation. I wish I had been introduced to something like this in middle/ early high school.

DanyYnad I would‘ve also loved to have a book like this when I was younger! It seems like such a valuable resource to have and I think it could work in so many different lessons for discussions, media comprehension, and more. 1w
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So far I am really liking this book. I have seen several people mention this already, but I think it could be a good introduction to non-fiction writing for a student who has not previously enjoyed non-fiction. The writing is very compelling, and the anecdotal elements provide a good break from the informational aspect of the book. This is somewhat how I got into non-fiction with a similar book and it really opened my eyes to how enjoyable it is.

Alexa_Cussans I also think this book is a great intro to non-fiction! Not only is the writing style simple and compelling, but the contents in the book are very relevant and relatable! 1w
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Laurenwhite0508

Overall this has been one of my favorite books that we have read so far in this course. There are so many different factors at play in this novel that i think make it a really powerful read for young people. I can see this book being really great as a book club book or on a list of choice reading for high school age. It is relevant and relatable while still maintaining the ability to captivate, as if it were fantasy.

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Something else that I really like about this book is how it jumped through time. I usually find that type of writing unnecessarily confusing, but the author wrote the the changes in time really well. I also liked how she would sometimes do timelines at the end of chapter. From a practical standpoint that could be really helpful for inexperienced/ not confident readers as well.

sarabeth_donaldson I never thought about how it would be helpful for readers who aren't super confident! That is a really good point. This book overall demonstrates experienced language, which would also be a good introduction to more vocabulary for students. 2w
ms.reagan The timelines were one of my favorite aspects of the novel, I think it could really help students keep track of events that really aren‘t given specific dates! I loved language overall because of how easy it was to get into reading and to stay locked in when world of Kath and Lily. 2w
kodieleidson I hadn‘t thought about how the timelines could be very helpful to unconfident reader! That‘s a really great observation! I think that could be helpful with tracking everything occurring. 2w
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Laurenwhite0508

Because the author did such a great job pulling readers into the 50's, I think that this book would be a really easy sell to a high school student. There are so many relevant and relatable experiences discussed, but there is also a separate draw which is that the book is set in a very different time, when navigating the characters personal struggles looked slightly different than it would today.

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I really liked this book and one of the things that I found most interesting about it was the exploration of social issues that we struggle with today, in a completely different time period. I think for a lot of people it is hard to contextualize these kinds of issue beyond when our parents or grandparents were born, but this book was able to really put into perspective what it was like to navigate the 50's as LGBTQ+, Asian American, etc.

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This book did a great job of striking a balance between fantasy and reality. It was captivating enough to capture the pleasure of a fantasy book, while still making the characters and their experiences relatable. The author does a great job of using fairytales and it allows her to cast a very wide net in terms of potential audience. I think this would be a great book to put in the hands of a lot of different students.

ms.reagan I absolutely loved the fairy tale aspect! It was neat seeing the stories in the context of mental health and the struggles that go alongside it. I feel like kids would love this! 3w
kodieleidson I really enjoyed the fantasy/fairy tale in this book. I agree that using the fairytales widens her audience and captivates them while reading about such sensitive topics. 3w
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I would be slightly intimidated to teach this novel based on some of the content . I think that I would want to use an introductory text/ short story/ poems in order to approach some of these subjects in the text and feel comfortable facilitating those conversations with my specific class, but I think that this novel also opens doors to those conversations really well (fairytales, format).

DanyYnad I totally agree! I think this book handles some heavy subjects that many younger students deal with that I definitely couldn‘t handle on my own. It would have to be a slow ease into it but this book definitely provides an outlet for these conversations to be had. 3w
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This book did a great job of discussing sensitive subjects in a sensitive way. I think that the writing style was also really helpful in this way as well. Although I think that the issues in this book are targeted more so at the high school age group, because of the writing style I think that this could work really well for middle schoolers too.

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I really liked the way that this book was written. It was in a more poetic format and the dialogue was in italics. It made this book feel like a really easy read and I think that it would be great for a student who is not that interested in reading. Like the last book we read, I think that this book not being in traditional novel format might be a good way to sell it to a student who is not super into reading.

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I thought this book was an excellent compilation of short stories and I think that it would be a great tool for a middle school classroom. I also think that it would be a great resource to pull short stories from for any age. There were several essays in the book that I think could also be used in a high school classroom room, or even read aloud in an elementary setting. This book has the potential to be a great classroom resource!

Alexa_Cussans I also found this book to be an excellent classroom resource. Although it was targeted for early teens, I believe it can be enjoyed by all ages! 1mo
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“Main Street“ was another essay that did a great job tackling sensitive subjects. It seemed that because the main character was trying to work through a lot of grief after losing her mother, she found peace in a friend who was struggling as the only African American family in the town in New Hampshire that they lived in. The author does a great job of capturing their feelings of isolation.

Alexa_Cussans I also really liked how the author captured isolation through their characters! I really felt for the characters in this story and their struggles. 1mo
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I really enjoyed “The Beans and Rice Chronicles of Isaiah Dunn“. It is common in these essays for the authors to address difficult topics such as sexism, racism, classism, and this story deals with alcoholism in a very sensitive and considerate way. This essay really jumped out at me because alcoholism is recognized and considered through the eyes of a child, who does not fully understand it, but still is forced to navigate his mothers illness.

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I have read the first two stories in the book so far and have really enjoyed them. The way that the book is formatted is very appealing to me because I think it could work really well for a student who may not have the attention span, or the interest in a more traditionally formatted novel. I also like that the first two essays have been equally captivating, but also very different in certain ways.

amw40488 Totally agree! I think a collection of short stories is a great choice for kids who might have the attention span or interest for reading. The variety of stories also keeps things a little more fresh and interesting, in my opinion! 1mo
Alexa_Cussans I never thought about how a collection of short stories could be helpful for kids with short attentions spans! I think you‘re completely right! 1mo
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Solito: A Memoir | Javier Zamora
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I read an interview from Feb. 2024 with Javier Zamora that said he has never been reunited with Patricia, Carla, and Chino, but that he has also turned down many opportunities to search for them. He doesn't want to force them to relive their trauma and they might remember their stories very differently. I thought that this was very interesting because I was curious if he was ever reunited with them.

ms.miranda_readsbooks Hey Lauren! He also mentions not reuniting with Patricia, Carla, and Chino in the epilogue and I was really curious as to why he didn't decide to try to find them. You just answered that! It totally makes sense that he doesn't want to make them relive their trauma. I'm really glad you mentioned an interview with him. I wonder if any of them have read or heard of the book and what they think about it. 1mo
sofiajurado This is so interesting to see, I had no idea! It makes sense that he wouldn't want to force them into reliving what they went through, but it's also a little shocking that he turned down opportunities to see them again after hoping that they would all reconnect at some point. 1mo
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Solito: A Memoir | Javier Zamora
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I find Javier's relationship with his grandfather to be particularly interesting. He is much closer to his Grandmother and aunts, but his grandfather seems to have stepped into a new role after Javier's parents left him. He stopped drinking, and although he does not often come across as especially kind, it is evident that he loves Javier when they have to separate.

DanyYnad Hi Lauren! It was really interesting to see the development of their relationship especially as he goes to leave Javier and it is tragic to see how vulnerable he became at the very end when saying goodbye and knowing that their relationship is forever changed. 1mo
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Laurenwhite0508
Solito: A Memoir | Javier Zamora
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I find it interesting how sheltered Javier describes his life as before he leaves on his trip to the U.S. It seems like the author is making an attempt to emphasize how important it is that he is separated from his parents. While life in El Salvador was not perfect, it appears that Javier was doing okay there. It seems like the author is making a statement on how difficult it is for children to be separated from their parents, specifically.

Alexa_Cussans @Laurenwhite0508 I really like this idea! I didn‘t really pay attention to the fact that he had a sheltered childhood. I think he did do this intentionally though to emphasize how isolated he felt without his parents. 1mo
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Laurenwhite0508
Solito: A Memoir | Javier Zamora
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So far I am really enjoying this memoir. An important detail of the writing style in this book is that the author throws in Spanish punctuation and words sometimes in the novel. I think that this is a reminder that Javier speaks only in Spanish in the beginning parts of the novel.

Alexa_Cussans Hi Lauren! I also really liked the use of Spanish punctuations! I agree that he uses this as a tool to remind the audience that he isn‘t speaking English, but I also think he‘s trying to make his text accessible to native Spanish speakers too. 1mo
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