Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

Today, we had twenty minutes to start our book, “Carry On, Mr. Bowditch”. In the past, I used this book as an extra credit assignment. This summer I bought the audio recording and am committed to finding 20 minutes a week and finishing this book before the semester break. It is the perfect book for 6th-graders. Nathanial Bowditch is a boy who, at the age my students are now, is indentured for nine years. He perseveres through challenges, learning in each and recording his learning in notebooks. My students are creating interactive math notebooks, and I love that they have that connection to what Nat Bowditch is doing. In the book, Nat learns to “sail by ash breeze” and many of my students are in a position to need to do something similar. They must follow the Latin proverb, “When there is no wind, row.”

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