Ms. Bryce has been teaching FOREVER, but this class is the WORST she's ever had to deal with! One day, a science experiment goes wrong and Ms. Bryce gets fed up and quits...right then and there! The only problem is that only the students of class 507 know she's gone!
Class Dismissed, the latest book by author Allan Woodrow, is one of my favorite new books this year! The comedy of events that lead to the students of class 507 having full control of their class for TWO WHOLE WEEKS before the principal or any other adult finding out their teacher quit is hilarious, yet somehow believable!
There is a cast of main characters who tell the story from their multiple points of view. Kyle is the troublemaker; the student who is considered the class clown and never does any work. Samantha is the spoiled, rich girl who is more concerned with fashion than learning. Adam is the resident creative mind. Eric is the quiet, studious kid who is afraid to stand out in class. Maggie is the resident "know it all" and outspoken leader. Brian is the class bully. Each chapter has a different character as the speaker, which is a GREAT way to explore point of view and narrator with your students! Each of the main characters change throughout the story, as they learn about themselves as students, grow as leaders, and realize that their way of doing things is not always the only way or the best way.
This middle grades (3-5) novel is the PERFECT back-to-school read! It works well as a read-aloud, but it's even better as a novel study! Your students will love reading about how the class figures out ways to hide their secret from parents and administrators, and how the kids negotiate roles in the group to "teach", keep guard, and manage the class. You will love that the students soon realize that they actually do need a teacher and that teaching is not an easy job!
If this sounds like a book your students would love (and I promise they will!), I've created a print-and-go novel study unit that is perfect for grades 3-5! This unit includes vocabulary words, comprehension questions, character study, point of view exploration, figurative language practice, stages of plot, narrative and opinion writing prompts and more! You can use all of it, or some of it, whatever best suits your students' needs and your time. Click on the picture below to find the unit in my TpT Store!