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     S.M.A.R.T. Goal for the 2016-2017 School Year
    This year, for my S.M.A.R.T. Goal, I will be reading 15 different books of different genres. I realized when looking at the list of books I read for last year's goal, most of the books I selected were of the same genre: Realistic Fiction. I plan to expand my reading tastes and challenge myself to read genres I might not choose for myself normally. Feel free to encourage, keep me accountable and follow my progress as I read 15 different genres over the 2016-2017 school year.
    • Informational: 
    •    We the Kids: The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States by David Catrow
    • Mystery:
    •    Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty (currently reading)
    • Science Fiction:
                  Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
    • Realistic Fiction:
    •         Runaway by Wendenlin Van Draanen
    •          The Thing about Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
    •          Ghost by Jason Reynolds
    • Historical Fiction:
      • Towers Falling by Jewel Parker Rhoes
      • Fever 1792 by Laurie Halse Anderson
      • Nine, Ten  by Noral Raleigh Baskin

    • Poetry
    •       Shel Silverstein series
    • Fantasy
    •       When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
    •       Pax by Sara PennyPacker
    • Legends
    •    The Jersey Devil by Hunter Shea (currently reading)
    • Nonfiction
    •    Hidden: Like Anne Frank, by Marcel Prins and Peter Henk Steenhuis
    • Fables
    •    The Classic Treasury of Aesope's Fables  by Don Daily
    • Myths
    •    D'Aularies' Book of Greek Myths by Ingri d'Aulaire and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire
    • Biography
    •    Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (adult book)
    • Tall Tales
    •    American Legends and other Tall Tales by Steven James Petruccio
    • Autobiography
    •      I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
    • Folktales         
    •    Stone Soup by Ann Mcgovern and Winslow Pinney Pels            
    Last year, my class made individual S.M.A.R.T. goals that they worked hard to achieve (and they did too!). For the 2016-2017 school year, my students will continue in this tradition and create a goal that they are willing to commit to for the school year. I am a firm believer in modeling for my students what they are being asked to complete. Below, you will find my personal S.M.A.R.T. goal that I accomplished last year. I'm currently thinking about what my personal goal should be for the upcoming school year. Once it has been decided, I will use my website to help document my progress throughout the school year so that the students will aid me in accountability.
    S.M.A.R.T. Goal for 2015-2016

    Mrs. Dewrell's S.M.A.R.T. Goal is:
    I will read one book per week of school (35 weeks total) during the 2015-2016 school year.  I will keep track of my goal by keeping a table of all the books/authors that I have read in my Reader's Notebook (and online... as often as I can update it).
    So far...
    1. Firegirl by Tony Abbott
    2. Counting by 7's by Holly Goldberg Sloan
    3. Wonder by R.J. Palacio 
    4. The One and Only Ivan by Kathren Applegate
    5. Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskin 
    6. Out of My Mind by Sharon M Draper 
    7. Zebra Forest by Adina Rishe Gewirtz
    8. The School Story by Andrew Clements
    9. The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
    10. Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes
    11. Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff
    12. Gingersnap by Patricial Reilly Giff
    13. 13 edited by James Howe (various authors included in this short stories compilation)
    14. Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff
    15. Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate
    16. Honeybee by Naomi Shihab Nye
    17. A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen
    18. The Lost Track of Time by Paige Britt
    19. The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen (*highly recommended)
    20. Auggie and Me by R.J. Palacio
    21. Out of Patience by Brian Meehl (abandoned.. i tried)  :)
    22. Harriet Tubman: Conductor of the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry
    23. Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan (*highly recommended)
    24. The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
    25. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
    26. Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead
    27. Timewalker by Justin Stanchfield
    28. Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullay Hunt
    29. The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
    30. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
    31. The Thief of Always by Bruce Cliver (Please don't read - using as a "Read Aloud" during our Fantasy Unit)
    32. The Founding and Other Tales of Prydian by Lloyd Alexander (three select stories from this anthology)
    33. Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast by Jane Yolen (select stories from this anthology)
    34. How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O'Connor
    35. Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (This is an adult Fantasy Novel, NOT one for students.  I am only placing it on my list because it took me about 1 month to read it, which is why I haven't updated my list until now).