Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Small acts of kindness and love

Here is a fuller version of Gandalf's words (from J. R. R. Tolkien): “Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? Perhaps because I am afraid, and he gives me courage.”



Friday, August 11, 2017

Rights of the Reader

I hope that the "Rights of the Reader" by Daniel Pennac as illustrated by Quentin Blake can inspire some great reading adventures in this class! You can read a book review at the Guardian online.

1. The right not to read.
2. The right to skip.
3. The right not to finish a book.
4. The right to read it again.
5. The right to read anything.
6. The right to mistake a book for real life.
7. The right to read anywhere.
8. The right to dip in.
9. The right to read out loud.
10. The right to be quiet.


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Tomorrow's Pages

Since I like to write, that means I also like the metaphor of "the book of life" ... with pages that you have not yet written. Let them be happy pages!

You can't rewrite yesterday's pages,
but tomorrow's are blank,
and you have the pen . . .
. . . so, write something good.



Here's the graphic I saw at Twitter that inspired me; the image is from Wikimedia.