Saturday, March 2, 2013

Slice of Life March Challenge #2

I remember telling my class how obsessed I was with Veronica Roth’s Divergent series and how I didn't think I would be able to make it until October 22, 2013 for the third book to come out! 

After recommending the series, one particular student immediately checked out Divergent  from our classroom library.  Two days later, Insurgent was in his hands. For the next few days, whenever there was even a second to read, he did.  Even during social studies class, he hid the book under his desk so that he could read. I felt a little bad about asking him to put the book away and to pay attention to the lesson. I knew how hard it was to put that book down.  I'd been there.

The next week, he stopped in at lunch to tell me how he had finished the second book and how obsessed he was with the series too.  How would he make it through seven, long months for the third book to come out?

That night, he sent me an email that made my day.

Dear Ms. S.,

I found this awesome Divergent website that I thought you’d like!!!  I wonder who will play Tris and Four in the movie. What is that new book you are reading and said was really good? So far I've learned you have the best taste in books of anyone I know. Please write back today. I really need to go to the library and get a new book!

Naturally, I thought it was so “cool,” as my sixth graders would say, that he sent me this note. So, I emailed him back telling him about all of the new books I was reading and asked him if he had any suggestions of books I should read next.  And after that, I have to admit, I went onto the fansite to find out for myself who was going to play Tris and Four in the movie!


  1. That is just awesome! For a moment I thought Filip had wandered from my classroom down the hall to yours, but I think I would have noticed! You are a true reading role model for your kids, Rachel, they are lucky to have you.

  2. What a difference you made! Maybe a lifelong reader because of your enthusiasm! Thanks for sharing!

  3. We need these stories, Rachel. Glad to see that you are here with us. I hope I was helpful. You have so much to offer.

  4. I love it! That's the kind of stories we all need to perk us back up when we are in a rut.

  5. These are the things that help remind us of why it is we do what we do. Thanks for sharing.