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Left: Turner Finnerty ready to mail his letter to Jonathan Safran Foer, the author of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Right: Emily Williams composing her letter to the author.

Have you ever heard of Vogon poetry? It's the third worst poetry in the universe according to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Students who read the book this summer then met as a group with Ms. Barron, Mrs. Eaton and Ms. Christensen to create their own examples of Vogon poetry. The students also decorated their towels which are "about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have." The final activity had students creating a Hitchhiker's Guide to CATA. 

These are just a few of the activities that took place during the second and third week of school at CATA. Each year students read a book over the summer and then meet in groups with teachers to discuss the books and participate in activities. Here are other examples of what happened in some of these groups.

In Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen, one of the main characters has a pendant his mother gave him of Saint Bathilde, who is the patron saint of children. The students in Ms. Foreman's summer reading group designed their own pendants/good luck charms.

Mr. Loor's students discussed the plot and characters of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. They also discussed why people write, etc. and they wrote letters to the author which Mr. Loor later mailed. 

All freshmen at CATA read The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. Students in Ms. Peacock's, Mrs. Pentecost's, and Ms. Hibberd's summer reading groups came together for several activities based on advice that Mr. Pausch gave or anecdotes he shared in his "last lecture." Mr. Pausch discussed the importance of saying thank you so students were given the opportunity to write a thank you note to someone special in their lives. Students also were given the opportunity to draw things that inspired them or things they dream about which was inspired by Mr. Pausch's anecdote of being allowed to draw on his bedroom walls when he was younger. 

What are you reading? Open a book and open your world!


Examples of towels created by students.

Hitchhiker towel Hitchhiker towel Hitchhiker towel Hitchhiker towel 

Students who read The Last Lecture write thank you notes.

Writing thank you notes Writing thank you notes Writing thank you notes


Students drawing things they dream about or that have inspired them.

Drawing images Drawing images Drawing images

Written by: CATA teachers
Edited by: Deb Christensen
Posted: Sep 10, 2015 by Deb Christensen

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