I am beat. My students are beat. I know you know exactly how that feels.
In an effort to lighten the mood but keep the idea of books and reading alive, my students and I had a little fun with Donald Trump. Now, it doesn’t matter what you think of the man or his politics, his tweets make pretty good mentor texts.
I’m not the only one to think so — actually, I got the idea from someone Buzzfeed. Some clever writer put together a list of tweets, written as if Mr. Trump critiqued literature. Brilliant.
So to have a little end-of-year fun, I asked my students to consider Trump’s sentence structure, and then write their own reviews based on the most recent books they’d read. Really, my only requirements: a clear tone, but they didn’t have to be mean, and correct spelling and punctuation.
Here’s a few for your reading pleasure. Of course, the review makes the most sense if you are familiar with the books students refer to — I get that not everyone is as versed in YA like they might be the canon.
(Side Note: To those who say students will never move beyond YA or ‘easy’ reading when it’s all about choice. Um, wrong again.)
What kind of end-of-year fun with books and reading — or anything else– have you had with your students? Please share in the comments.