We are doing another author study with Jeff Kinney and The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. We are on the first book and absolutely love it! It is so funny and the kids (and I) can relate so well to the situations the main character finds himself in! We are MAKING CONNECTIONS to the story in our Reader's Notebook and one of my guided groups is identifying the IDIOMS from the story and using INFERENCES to figure out the meaning of them. This is a high level skill and I am impressed with how well they are doing with it!