Chapter Breakdowns for All Global Read Aloud Books #GRA16

It is time to figure out what we are reading when.  As always, do not worry about falling behind, I do almost every year, but if you do get ahead, please do not spoil it for others.  If you are in an all year school or you have vacation during the 6 weeks, it helps when you post for connections since I know there are many of you out there.

This year we run October 3rd – November 11th.

For the picture book study of Lauren Castillo:

Week 1:

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Nana in the City

Week 2:

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The Troublemaker

Week 3:

The Reader written by Amy Hest and illustrated by Lauren Castillo 

Week 4:

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Twenty Yawns written by Jane Smiley and illustrated by Lauren Castillo 

Week 5:

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Yard Sale written by Eve Bunting illustrated by Lauren Castillo

Week 6:

Your choice!  You decide which on of Lauren’s books you would like to end with.


For Roald Dahl’s The BFG:

Week 1:  The Witching Hour through The Cave

Week 2:  The BFG through Snozzcumbers

Week 3:  The Bloodbottler through Dream-Catching

Week 4:  A Trogglehumper for the Fleshlumpeater through Mixing the Dream

Week 5:  Journey to London through The Royal Breakfast

Week 6:  The Plan through The Author

For Pax by Sara Pennypacker

Week 1: 1 – 5

Week 2:  6 – 10

Week 3:  11 – 16

Week 4:  17 – 23

Week 5:  24 – 27

Week 6: 28 – end


For Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

Week 1: One – page 45 stop at “That night…”

Week 2:  Page 45 “That night…” – Three

Week 3:  Four – 100 to “Joseph and Brian Boss…”

Week 4: Page 100 “Joseph and Brian Boss…” – Six

Week 5:  Seven

Week 6:  Eight – End


For All American Boys by Brendan Kiely and Jason Reynolds

Week 1:  Friday  (p. 5) – p. 40

Week 2:  Saturday (p. 43) – 82

Week 3:  Sunday (p. 85) – Monday Quinn (p. 140)

Week 4:  Monday Rashad (p. 141) –  Tuesday (p.203)

Week 5: Wednesday (p. 208) –  (p. 267)

Week 6:  Thursday Rashad (p. 259) – End


Use this schedule as best as you can, again, do not worry if you get behind, it happens.




Week by Week Reading Schedule #GLRead12

Finally a weekly breakdown has been selected for both books.  That means that I encourage you to read these pages or chapters in the designated week and then share your thoughts with the world that week.  Although you can certainly read at your own schedule, part of the magic of the global read aloud is the discovery of new things together.  As always, I ask that if you do read ahead of the weeks to not share with the whole group what will happen, it is such a spoiler for the kids.

Charlotte’s Web:

Week 1: chapters 1 through 6
Week 2: chapters 7 through 11
Week 3: chapters 12 through 17
Week 4:  chapters 18 through 22

The One and Only Ivan:

Week 1: pages 1-78 

Week 2: pages 79-146 
Week 3: pages 147-236 
Week 4: pages 237-300 

So great idea but how will this really work?

All details are far from ironed out but the ideas are becoming more solid in my head, so here is some additional information that may help as you think about your participation and whether you want to share the idea of this project.

This is what Week 1 will look like in my room:
• 1st chapter is read aloud by teacher, depending on the length of chapter this may be over 1 or 2 days.
• Once chapter has been shared, I will then lead a prediction discussion; What do the students think this story is about? They will be asked to do a wallwisher on their predictions to be placed on the GRAP blog.
• We will then discuss their thoughts on the action of the first chapter and the characters introduced. This will be videotaped and placed on the GRAP blog as well for others to comment on.
• Depending on volunteers I may try to do this as a Skype call with another classroom to start the true connecting/sharing.
• For other chapters I will try these ideas instead: Have students
o Blog their predictions on the set up comments section for Chapter 1 on GRAP blog (will be up by then as a separate page)
o Write their thoughts about the first chapter and what happened on site and encourage others to change/add their voice.
o Retell the story in 60 sec or less using and sharing with other classrooms.
o Discuss the story with another classroom using Skype

There are so many possibilities for sharing/connecting but I do not want people to feel overwhelmed or like it is too much work. The idea behind this project is to connect and share! That can be a 5 min Skype call, or a longer student written reflection. You can connect with one classroom or with many; it is really up to you.

My classroom will be the test bunny so I will videotape all read alouds as well as student reflections. I will be open to as much collaboration as people will want.