Gene Luen Yang Visit

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Hello Readers,

Last night a small exploratory group from the 6th Grade Chapter of SMS Guys Read ventured into greater Raleigh to view an author/illustrator as he presented on his latest work.

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The author was the great Gene Luen Yang sharing stories of his life and writing and illustration ventures.  If you have the chance to meet Mr. Yang I would highly recommend you drop everything and get there.  He is very interesting, humble, brilliant and funny.

During Mr. Yang’s presentation he introduced us to some very interesting characters from his latest story, Secret Coders.  Those characters are some strange little birds with a few extra facial parts.  While introducing us to these odd little birds Mr. Yang secretly introduced us to binary numbers.

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One of our guys was even called up to solve a binary problem… I am pleased to report that SMS Guys Read took the shot and scored.

The story of Secret Coders is all about the “magic” of coding and we have had some experiences with Logo Programming over here at SMS Guys Read, but I really feel like Seamus Finnigan when I try to get that little turtle of do what I want it to.

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When the talk was over we were able to meet Mr. Yang as he did a book signing.

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It was a great little visit and I really look forward to getting back to school, after our short fall track-out break, so we can talk more about Secret Coders and await the next episode.  Maybe we can get a sneak peek, 2016 is a long ways away!

Read and Code on,

Mr. H

PS.  I also picked up this set about the Boxer Rebellion from Chinese history and can’t wait to finish them off.

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Secret Coders is Coming!

Hello Readers,

Remember that today is the day that our next big read, Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes is released.

We are super excited over here at the 6th Grade Chapter of SMS Guys Read as Mr. Yang will be visiting our local indie bookstore tomorrow!!!

We are hoping to have a big group of SMS Guys Readers in attendance, so don’t forget to get in your parent’s ears…. Quail Ridge Books, 7:00 PM, Wednesday September 30.

While we have been waiting for the book to come out and Mr. Yang’s visit, we started checking out the new Secret Coder website and trying some Logo programming.  I am trying to get SMS Guys Read coded and am having some difficulty.  Programming is hard!

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We continue to try Logo Programming today at lunch and look forward to getting our hands, and hopefully Mr. Yang’s signature, on our books tomorrow.

Read (and code) on,

Mr. H

Secret Coders

Hello Readers,

The 6th Grade Chapter of SMS Guys Read is excited to finally get their hands on the new book, Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes.

Remember the book comes out on Tuesday September 29 and Mr. Yang will be talking about it at Quail Ridge Books on Wednesday September 30 at 7:00.  Make sure you are talking with your parents about joining for the visit.

imageToday we introduced the lads to the Secret Coders website and watched the first video on learning to code.  Next week will spend our lunch time on Monday and Tuesday practicing some Logo coding.

While you are waiting why not take a few minutes and read this Secret Coder short.

Read (and code) on,

Mr. H