This was posted for the Slice of Life Challenge hosted by Two Writing Teachers. It was originally on my Tumblr account, but I'm moving it here so it's all together! (3/28)
Anxiously pacing, I wonder about what could go wrong. Did we practice enough? Will the audience laugh in the right spots? Laugh at all?
Frantically, I make one last check of our “set”. Desks are rearranged to allow for the maximum amount of stage space. Chairs are in place for our honored guests. Did I forget anything? Only time will tell.
Students arrive, chirping brightly.
Strained smiles, shaking hands.
I take a moment for a few reminders, before our audience arrives.
“Be sure to pause briefly when they laugh, so they don’t miss your lines.”
“Speak up, don’t go too fast.”
Hands fly up, last minute questions.
“What if I forget my line?”
“Is my mom coming?”
“Can I use the restroom?”
“I don’t know, can you?”
“MAY I use the restroom?”
Parents are the first to arrive. Quietly, they take their seats along the perimeter of the room. First graders file into the classroom and plop down, “crisscross applesauce”, on the floor. Younger siblings, neighbors, and friends frantically wave to their heroes on the stage.
I walk to the front of the room. Silence descends.
“Welcome to our performance. We are so excited to have you here.”
I'm so excited to be part of the blog tour for Just Harriet - by Elana K. Arnold! ABOUT THE BOOK (From the publisher) From the award-winning author of A Boy Called Bat comes a new young middle grade series in the tradition of Ramona and Clementine, starring an unforgettable girl named Harriet. There are a few things you should know about Harriet Wermer: She just finished third grade. She has a perfect cat named Matzo Ball. She doesn’t always tell the truth. She is very happy to be spending summer vacation away from home and her mom and dad and all the wonderful things she had been planning all year. Okay, maybe that last one isn’t entirely the truth. Of course, there’s nothing Harriet doesn’t like about Marble Island, the small island off the coast of California where her Nanu runs a cozy little bed and breakfast. And nobody doesn’t love Moneypenny, Nanu’s old basset hound. But Harriet doesn’t like the fact that Dad made this decision without even asking her. When Harriet arrives
Welcome, my friends, to my first ever GUEST POST! My fabulous school librarian (aka @ReaderRoberts ) decided to hold a parent's book club this year, to give parents ideas for getting kids reading. This past week she held the inaugural session, with a "summer reading" focus. Let us know what you think! Parent Book Club - Summer Reading Sometimes your best ideas come to you in a flash. That is how it was with the parents’ book club. One afternoon I was sharing a title with a parent volunteer and she ended up checking the book out of the library. Nothing unusual. This happens frequently to all of us when we booktalk. What was different was that when the parent returned the book she made the remark that I should share this book with everyone. You have probably guessed by now that the book was Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Through the year I have shared many other great titles –many of them discovered through my PLN on Twitter. The Only and Only Ivan , The