Deeper Reading, 5-8
I like these chapters immensely, more than chapters -4, which I thought repeated so many other writing teacher "how-to" books that I've read in the past.
I tried to pick just one of the chapters that I liked the most, but I couldn't narrow down my favorite to just one. My conclusion is that i like chaapters 5, 6, and 7 over chapter 8. While I see the importance of chapter 8 (personal reflection), I probably would limit the amount of time I spend on activities like this (perhaps just one?), merely because of the constant time crunch all teachers deal with.
As I commented on chapters 1-4, I think these activities are very purposeful and will deepen students' comprehension and understanding of the text, rather than merely being "fun" class activities. For example, the instructional scaffolding in chapter 6 to promote higher-level thinking in small groups was very useful. I'm going to try "Silent Exchange," "Trouble Slips" and "Mysterry Envelopes" in my grade 11 class, both regular and honors.
Also, chapter 7 (using metaphors) is filled with strategies to get students to think more deeply and creatively about literature. I especially want to try out the extended activities like the "Iceberg Metaphor" and then extend it to a writing assignm ent. I'm going to use in with The Scarlet Letter because so much of the characters' motivations are hidden.
Any other ideas or words of wisdom?