Monday, June 4, 2012

Frindle

File:Frindle cover.gifIn the story Frindle, by Andrew Clements, it follows a boy that is creating a new meaning to words. At the start of fifth grade, Nicholas "Nick" Allen is unhappy because his English teacher is the much-disliked Mrs. Granger. One day, to stall for time in class, Nick decides to question where each word comes from. After hearing Mrs. Granger's explanation, and having to write an essay about it for homework, he creates a new name for the pen: "frindle".  Soon, every child in school is using the word, and it gains national attention. Mrs. Granger dislikes this new word because she thinks it is not respectful to the word pen, which has a long history. Find out what happens when the new word gets national exposure.

This is a great book to have in the classroom for students to read.  There are several people in the book that students can relate to.  This is also an experience that many students would like to do, but know that they can't.  This book could be used either as a read aloud during any free moments in the class, or the students could read it on their own.  It is a very funny book that I highly recommend for every classroom.   

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