Monday, December 13, 2010

Transition Trail ~ Help Wanted!

Please help Old Buck! 

If you spot a TRANSITION in one of the books you're reading, publish it here!

Any other help you could offer Old Buck about TRANSITIONS would be appreciated!

If you can, put your transition in bold...Old Buck can't see too well!

Book titles can be fancied up with a little HTML code!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

"The Farmer's Luck" - Read by Mr. Salsich's Father

Here at The Reading Round-Up, we like to invite real live readers in to share their love of words and stories with all of us! Being read to is not only pleasurable, but you can learn a lot too!

★ Our first guest in the saddle is Mr. Salsich, Sr.! ★

On Friday, December 3rd Mr. Salsich's class met "the real" Mr. Salsich - his dad, Hamilton Salsich!

It got a little confusing having two "Mr. Salsich's" in the room, so the students got to call their teacher "Mr. Salsich Jr." for a little while. "Mr. Salsich Sr." is also a teacher. He teaches reading and writing to 8th and 9th grade students.

He read a couple of short stories from the book Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth.

The stories in this book are a little strange.
They are supposed to make the reader think about their meaning or message.

The message of a book can also be called its "theme."

See if you can think of the theme of this story from Zen Shorts that "Mr. Salsich Sr." read:

What do you think this story is about?
Does it have a theme?

What book have you read that had a theme?
What was its message?

Saturday, December 4, 2010

We've Earned an Edublog Nomination!

The Reading Round-Up just lassoed a humdinger of an honor!

Click on this link to cast your vote!

Best Group Blog - The Reading Round-Up!
(Sheriff Yollis & Sheriff Salsich)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Circle Up Your Synonyms!

According to that humdinger of a book called the dictionary, a SYNONYM is a

NOUN : a word or phrase that means exactly or nearly the same as another word or phrase in the same language.

So...a synonym is a word that means the same thing! Yee Haw! Hot dog! Wow!

Out on the trail, it can get real dull if the same word gets used over, and over, and over, and over, and...well, you get the idea!

This week, the Reading Round-Up! is looking to lasso some super synonyms for words that are just plain tuckered out!

Let's keep our eyes peeled for some synonyms for:
said good bad

A bull's eye example: I declare that it's about time we round-up some superb synonyms, and put those dreadful old words to rest.

Any of you cowpokes who want to make your comment Ace high, put your synonym in bold!

What superb synonym have you lassoed?

Where did you spy that synonym? Please, inform us of the book title!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


What book are you reading right now?

What's the genre?
(That's a fancy way of asking What kind of book is it? What category is it?
Mystery, realistic fiction, historical fiction, adventure, sports...)

Tell us about the main character!


Unless you're a greenhorn, you know that an underlined word or phrase on the Internet is a hyperlink. That means we can't underline book titles like we do out on the trail.
So all you buckaroos, lasso the html code and put your book italics!
Yee haw!