Reel Reading for Real Readers: Between Shades of Gray

20130207-190708.jpgI’ve wanted to read this book for some time now, but it wasn’t until I was searching the shelves at my  favorite Salvation Army that I got my hands on it. (That’s a post for another day:  Building a Killer Classroom Library by Hanging out at Charity Shops) I have a students who is passionately interested in WWII literature. He’s already read two books a

bout it this grading period. I will put Between Shades of Gray in his hands as soon as I am finished with it.

I’m doing a good job this year of talking about a lot of books. Of my 140 students, I’m down to just threefake readers. Many students are reading slowly, but they are reading. I’ve decided I need to do a bit more than just talk about books. I need to step up my use of videos and book trailers to get them interested. The only problem? Every time I use visual images like this, I have more than one student who wants the book. I want to believe that this is a good problem, but it’s pretty sad when not everyone gets a copy of a book when they are excited about it.

Here’s a clip of Ruta Sepetys talking about the story behind the story.  I just know I’m going to need more than one copy.


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2 thoughts on “Reel Reading for Real Readers: Between Shades of Gray

  1. Erika B. November 14, 2013 at 10:52 pm Reply

    When can we expect that ‘later post’ on creating an incredible library?! Timely, as we just had this discussion in my ELA department today…I’d love to share ideas with the team! I’ll keep an eye out 🙂


  2. Heather November 14, 2013 at 7:17 am Reply

    I LOVE this book. It is a beautiful story even though it is wrapped in the horrific events during this period in history. I ended up reading it in one setting because I just couldn’t set the story aside even for a brief time. Of all the reasons to read this one I think kids will deeply connect to the story because it is so real.


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