Instructions for your silent reading books (you will read two per semester):
1. Read two books of your choice (it may NOT be a book that we read as a class)!
It also may not be any of the Hunger Game books, The Game of Thrones (books one and two), The Maze Runner, The Giver or Divergent or anything by John Green.
- It must be your grade level or above (if in doubt ask me).
- It must be a minimum of 175 pages.
- It must be something you read within the semester you present it.
- It also may not be an audiobook. I have nothing against those, however at this point in your life you need to work on being a better reader, and that cannot be accomplished through an audiobook.
2. “Sell” your book to your classmates. When presenting, or writing, use the following elements:
- Address a certain type of reader. For example if your book is a mystery you could start out by saying “hey all you mystery lovers, here’s a book for you”.
- Describe whichever aspects of the book that strike you as important in conveying a sense of the book to a reader (but it must focus on the aspects that affected you).
- You must include two quotations from the book to give us a taste of the writing and to support your opinion. ONE OF THE QUOTATIONS MUST SUPPORT THE GENRE OF THE BOOK. Make sure you incorporate your quotes, and don’t just add them at the end of your book talk or fat paragraph. I shouldn’t have to add this, but if you do not properly cite your quotes your grade will suffer.
One book will be presented in class. For that you must make your book talk appointment online at Lahaise’s Lair. I suggest you make your appointment in advance as ONLY two people may present each day and the spots fill up quickly.
One book will be presented on your blog, and Turnitin.com. This I call a SSR Fat paragraph. Please note that if you are in a class that does not have blogs (i.e. 8th grade), you will only submit your fat paragraph to Turnitin.com. When you have posted it on your blog fill out this form so that I know it is there.
You are required to read and present two books per semester. Although once you are done meeting the minimum requirement it doesn’t mean that you stop reading during silent reading (SSR) time!
Keep in mind:
- You must read 2 books per semester. The first book must be completed before the 10 week report card (see the class calendar for “last day” due dates).
- The order in which you do your fat paragraph, or book talk, is entirely up to you. Just make sure each is done before the deadline posted on your class calendar.
As an alternative to the in class book talk (if you absolutely refuse to present in class) you may choose to make a video book talk. If you do this all of the instructions are the same except:
- The highest possible grade you can get for a video book talk is a D.
- If you do not have access to technology that will enable you to make the video you may use my computer during nutrition. Please just e-mail me and let me know when you are coming.