As anyone who has read our beloved sixth grade novel Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan knows, Naomi is good at three things: "1.) soap carving, 2.) worrying, and 3.) making lists." As an activity for the length of the novel, we created our own "Books of Lists."
Each student was provided with a notebook to create lists about the book, both from Naomi's perspective and their own. Some lists were inspired by lists from the book, while other lists were created for students to reflect on the book.
Because their homework and journaling assignments are so writing intensive and because writing is so effortful for many of our students, many found it refreshing to be able to write lists in phrase form, or simply jot down words. They liked having at least one outlet for writing that wasn't checked for mechanics or written in complete sentences; one to simply reflect without the burden of the writing process.
Below are some images of our books: