Fox Read -- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Registration for Library Discussions & Final Event
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Please sign up for as many discussions about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time as you would like to attend. Also, you can use this page to sign up for the final event (the Temple Grandin film at the Bedford Playhouse). NOTE: Please re-submit sign-up form for each attendee. Also, emails will be used for correspondence about venue or time changes. Your email will not be shared.
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Literary discussion with English teachers Paul Cullagh, Rhonda Doctor, & David Albano at the Bedford Village Library on September 25 from 5-6PM.
Mysteries and Journey Stories:
Is Christopher a Sherlock Holmes? One type of literature the novel fits into is the mystery novel. What mysteries does he solve? Another genre is the journey narrative. How does Christopher's journey compare to other well-known literary journeys or our own journeys? These ideas, issues and themes will be discussed. However, the discussion will not be restricted to these topics. Participants are invited to discuss any relevant topics of interest.
Literary Discussion - September 25, 2019
The Novel as Drama: Scenes acted out by FLHS Players facilitated by Theater teacher Thomas Slotwinski at the Bedford Hills Library on October 2 from 7-8PM
Following a performance of select scenes from the play by Fox Lane High School theater students, we will discuss the process of adapting novels for the stage, how actors translate fully developed characters from the page to performance, and the current movement towards inclusion for all voices in theaters across the country.
Novel as Drama & Literary Discussion- October 2, 2019
Literary Discussion with English teacher Francis Hughes and History teacher Erin Filner at Mt. Kisco Library on October 3 from 5:45-6:45PM
Learning from Diverse Perspectives:
Author Ruta Sepetys writes, "...through reading we can be united in story, study, and remembrance. Books join us as a global reading community, but more importantly, a global human community striving to learn from the past." In Curious Incident, we are challenged to see the world from a different perspective than most of us experience. But what other stories of experience do the characters offer us? How can we use our understanding of all of the characters to better understand each other and better unite us as a community?​
Literary Discussion- October 3, 2019
The Novel as Drama: Scenes acted out by FLHS Players facilitated by Theater teacher Thomas Slotwinski at the Fox Lane High School Library on October 10 from 7-8PM
Following a performance of select scenes from the play by Fox Lane High School theater students, we will discuss the process of adapting novels for the stage, how actors translate fully developed characters from the page to performance, and the current movement towards inclusion for all voices in theaters across the country.
The Novel as Drama & Literary Discussion - October 10, 2019
Math in the Novel with Math teacher Kristy Emery at the Pound Ridge Elementary School Library on October 15 from 7-8PM
In an attempt to explain the world, the narrator Christopher declares: “And it means that sometimes a whole population of frogs, or worms, or people, can die for no reason whatsoever, just because that is the way the numbers work.”
We will discuss the novel looking at the importance of logic and math in Christopher's life and in our own lives. Participants will discuss the mathematical process of Christopher’s mind; how does it benefit or hinder his day to day living? What are the benefits of a more mathematical, logical and reasoned approach rather than an approach based upon emotion? In addition, participants are invited to discuss relevant topics of interest.
Math in the Novel- October 15, 2019
Representation of Autism in the Novel - Oct.16 with Special Education teacher Claire McDonnell at the Bedford Village Library from 5-6pm
We will focus on the novel by asking: How does Christopher perceive the world? How his manner of thinking, communicating and/or use of language support or hinder his navigation of the world? How do Christopher’s deficits and skills create or complicate the situations he finds himself in?
We will also use the novel to discuss autism by asking: What is autism? And how does it impact the way in which a person experiences the world? What are the differences or the range of abilities within this population of people? What is the difference between a person with Asperger’s as compared to a person with autism? Our discussion is not limited to these topics. Participants are invited to discuss relevant topics of interest.
Representation of Autism in the Novel- Oct.16, 2019
The Novel as Drama: Scenes acted out by FLHS Players with Theater teacher Thomas Slotwinski at the Mount Kisco Library on Oct 17 from 5:45-6:45pm
Following a performance of select scenes from the play by Fox Lane High School theater students, we will discuss the process of adapting novels for the stage, how actors translate fully developed characters from the page to performance, and the current movement towards inclusion for all voices in theaters across the country.
The Novel as Drama & Literary Discussion on Oct. 17, 2019
Literary Discussion with English teacher Cortnie Rosenhaft at the Pound Ridge Public Library on Oct. 22 from 4-5PM
We will re-examine our own “normal” ideas about love, desire, and communication through the lens of the protagonist, Christopher. In an effort to better understand Christopher, we will read some poetry written by Autistic poets, discuss how we use figurative language in our everyday lives, and compare/contrast our ideas of relationships. However, other topics and ideas may be discussed. Participants are invited to discuss relevant topics of interest.
Literary Discussion on Oct. 22, 2019
Literary Discussion with Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Dr. Joel Adelberg at Fox Lane High School Library on Oct. 29 from 7-8PM
Literary Discussion – Relationships in the Novel
In his review of The Curious Incident, Jay McInerney suggests that at the novel’s end “the gulf between Christopher and his parents, between Christopher and the rest of us, remains immense and mysterious.” The novel is about the relationship between a teenager to his parents. Christopher’s attempts to shape his own life often bring him in conflict with his parents. What motivates Christopher’s parents and how do these motivations shape their relationship with him? The discussion will look at Christopher in relation to his parents and his relationships with other adults and fellow students in the novel. However, other topics and ideas may be discussed. Participants are invited to discuss relevant topics of interest.
Literary Discussion on Oct. 29, 2019
Art and the Novel with Art teachers Lindsay Lappin-Burke , Lauren Lamance, & Amy Salerno in Fox Lane High School Room F119 on Nov. 5 from 7-8PM
Art and the Novel on Nov. 5, 2019
Literary Discussion with teachers Claire McDonnell, Michelle Zaino and Diane Sarna at the Bedford Hills Library on Nov. 6 from 7-8PM
We will focus on the novel by asking: How does Christopher perceive the world? How his manner of thinking, communicating and/or use of language support or hinder his navigation of the world? How do Christopher’s deficits and skills create or complicate the situations he finds himself in? We will discuss the ideas and themes that arise from these questions. We will also use the novel to discuss autism by asking: What is autism? And how does it impact the way in which a person experiences the world? Our discussion is not limited to these topics. Participants are invited to discuss relevant topics of interest.
Literary Discussion on Nov. 6, 2019
Creative Writing Workshop using the Novel with English teachers Anita Rivera & David Albano at the Mount Kisco Library on Nov. 7 from 5:45-6:45PM
Writing from Another’s Perspective: This meeting will be part discussion and part writing workshop. Participants will talk about how successful the author, Mark Haddon, is in creating Christopher, his narrator, and what makes a narrator believable yet not stereotypical. Participants will then have a chance to write fictional short pieces from various perspectives.
Creative Writing Workshop on Nov. 7, 2019
FINAL EVENT - TEMPLE GRANDIN film at the Bedford Playhouse on Nov. 14 from 7-9:30pm
Final Fox Read Event
The final event for the community read will take place at the Bedford Playhouse. Temple Grandin is a professor of animal science, consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior, and autism spokesperson. She is a recognized public speaker and shares her insights from her personal experience with autism. The film Temple Grandin covers her life from a young girl to an adult (trailer for film posted below). Viewing the film will provide additional context for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. A discussion will follow the film.
TEMPLE GRANDIN film on Nov. 14, 2019
Temple Grandin film trailer
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