However, we have not given up! This ibook is coming together and we are VERY excited about this one, which is a collection of short stories for the middle grades that are all about ZOMBIES.
When we did a short story unit in the Spring of 2012, I found it a real challenge to find material that would engage them. They disliked so many of my choices--and, to be honest, I couldn't blame them. They were boring!
There are a lot of great novels for the middle grades but it's slim picking indeed for short stories. I relied on a lot of Poe...and the quirky stories of Australian writer Paul Jennings...
But I eventually said to them: TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT TO READ IN A SHORT STORY AND I'LL WRITE IT.
This was some of their top criteria: zombies, explosions & car chases, humor, horror, romance, and mystery.
So--I got writing.
Their request eventually evolved into a collection of unique zombie themed short stories: 'Date Night', 'The Great Escape', 'Point of View' and 'Posted on YouTube'.
|picture taken from http://www.incredibleart.org/files/blooms2.htm|
For this book, we decided to centre our clickable comprehension questions on Blooms Taxonomy.
We like to include clickable and interactive comprehension questions after each story as a way to 'sneak the learning in there'.
We're also including writing prompts to inspire learners to craft stories of their own.
And of course we like to include graphics. This time, we're adding goofy zombie animation to make it even more appealing!
So keep an eye out!