Non Fiction

This quarter your SSR book will be non fiction. Unlike fiction where the story is imaginary, non fiction books the subject matter is factual.  Non fiction books include:



Informational Books




Use the following websites to choose a nonfiction book. Then, try to find that book on the Clermont County Public Library’s website.

Outsiders Webquest

Today and Friday we’re going to start an introduction to the book, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.

Assignment 1: Write a  blog post about what you learned about The Outsiders author,  S.E. Hinton.  You should include at least the folowing information.

1.  How old was she when she wrote The Outsiders?
2.  What influenced her to write The Outsiders?
3. What year was The Outsiders published?





Assignment 2: Write a  blog post, or multiple posts, comparing and contrasting teenage life in the 60’s to now.

You could include information and photos about the following in your post

  • Fashion
  • Music
  • Toys
  • TV shows
  • Technology
  • Gangs in the 60’s
  • Major world events


S.E. Hinton

50s & 60s Toys

60s Fashion

Greasers Subculture

1960s Gangs

TV in the 1960s

1960s Timeline

World Events

60s Pop Music


Facts & Events




Lesson Source

My Favorite Poem


One poem that was introduced to me in high school, I really enjoyed. It’s called The Road Not Taken.

Read this poem.. What you you think is the author’s purpose? Do you notice any figurative language?


Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Subscribing to posts

Below is a video I made about adding your friend’s blogs to a google reader. You must have a google account or any RSS reader account to do this. Also, if you have a smartphone or ipod touch, you can download an RSS reader app (I use Reeder) to read posts very easily.

Google Reader from Mrs. Gregory on Vimeo.

If you prefer to receive emails whenever your friends create a post, you can also add your email address in their “subscribe” widget. Ask your friend to add a subscribe widget to do this.

Choosing your Books

After reading your interest-a-lyzers, I discovered that many of you “hate reading” because “reading is boring” and “reading is a waste of time.” I was surprised that there were only a small few of you who actually expressed an interest in reading.

There could be several reasons why some of you feel so apathetic to reading. Some of you mentioned that you were forced to read books you didn’t like. Others mentioned doing too many worksheets while reading or not having enough time to read on your own.  Several of you, however, failed to mentioned any specific reasons why you dislike reading. That leads me to believe that you might be open-minded to reading if you’re given more choices. There are thousands of books out there waiting to be read. Think of your favorite topic….. there’s a book out there just for you! After hours of research, I have compiled a list of internet resources to help you find a book you may enjoy. By choosing from these lists (you may also choose from books not included) I hope you can experience “reading flow” – a state of reading when nothing else matters, time flies by while you’re reading a book you can’t put down.

ATN Book List– Genre, read-alikes, theme, award winners. It’s all here

Read Alikes– Is there a specific book or author that you enjoyed in the past? This website will help you find similar books.

101 books reluctant readers like to read– This list provides categories and descriptions for books students who typically dislike reading have found to enjoy

Middle School Reading Lists– A list of books and descriptions that typical middle school students like to read.

Middle School Book List– A great list of books that gives short descriptions, level of difficulty, and books by genre.

Themes  Vampires? Airplanes? Girls’ Sports? This list breaks down books by theme. Type Ctrl+ F to browse the list for specific themes.


Welcome Back!

Can you believe how fast the summer flew by?

I am glad to announce that, once again, I will be teaching my favorite group of students!

This year in reading we will learn to love to read. I look forward to guiding you toward your favorite genre of reading and turn into life long readers.