Posted by: jockmackenzie | March 1, 2016

READER OF THE DAY #37

Kristin McKenzie

READER OF THE DAY #37 Kristin McKenzie is so enthusiastic about getting kids interested in reading, she dressed up as a Sasquatch and . . . well, it’s a long story. Ask her.

Kristin says:

I am teaching grades 6-8 language arts and social studies at St. Matthew school in Rocky Mountain House. I love reading series to my LA students! Right now, I am reading my grade 6s Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. In grade 8, I am reading The Chronicles of Narnia series. (Jock’s note: Apparently, there is some controversy as to the order in which the books should be read.) As a teacher, I feel blessed to witness the moments when students really get hooked by reading material for the first time Reading is so freeing and empowering!!


I just finished reading SE Hinton’s The Outsiders with the grade 8s, and we absolutely loved it!! (Jock’s second note: I taught this novel in the 1970s and 80s. The kids loved it and Hinton’s other novels: Rumblefish and That Was Then, This is Now. S.E. = Susan Eloise. She wrote ‘The Outsiders’ while she was in high school)


Personally, I am currently reading Anne Frank’s diary. Some of my favourite reads have been The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls, and The Wars by Timothy Findley. I love non-fiction, and historical fiction….but I also enjoy reading short stories and poetry!

Wikipedia says this about The Chronicles of Narnia:

The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven high fantasy novels by author C. S. Lewis. It is considered a classic of children’s literature and is the author’s best-known work, having sold over 100 million copies in 47 languages.[1][2] Written by Lewis between 1949 and 1954, illustrated by Pauline Baynes and originally published in London between October 1950 and September 1956, The Chronicles of Narnia has beenadapted several times, complete or in part, for radio, television, the stage, and film.

Set in the fictional realm of Narnia, a fantasy world of magic, mythical beasts, and talking animals, the series narrates the adventures of various children who play central roles in the unfolding history of that world. Except in The Horse and His Boy, the protagonists are all children from the real world, magically transported to Narnia, where they are called upon by the lion Aslan to protect Narnia from evil and restore the throne to its rightful line. The books span the entire history of Narnia, from its creation in The Magician’s Nephew to its eventual destruction inThe Last Battle.

Inspiration for the series is taken from multiple sources; in addition to adapting numerous traditional Christian themes, the books freely borrow characters and ideas from Greek and Roman mythology as well as from traditional British and Irish fairy tales. The books have profoundly influenced adult and children’s fantasy literature since World War II. Lewis’s exploration of themes not usually present in children’s literature, such as religion, as well as the books’ perceived treatment of issues including race and gender, has caused some controversy.

The Glass Castle


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