Summer Book Club Discussion

This week, we’ll share what we read for summer reading in small groups and with the whole class. First, on Wednesday, you’ll meet in small groups “book clubs” with other students who read the same summer reading book. Together you’ll discuss the book, especially the parts that you found most interesting as a reader.

Tuesday Night (due Wednesday)

To prepare for this discussion, please come to class on Wednesday, 9/9, with your summer reading books. Review the books and choose the three most compelling, interesting, or thought-provoking parts in each book. Mark these parts by inserting three post-it notes into your book. On each post-it note, write down a few sentences that describe why this part of the story stood out to you.

To recap: When you come to class on Wednesday, bring both of your summer reading books, each one with its three post-it notes marked inside.

Wednesday’s Class

During class, you and your book club group will discuss your summer reading using the American Library Association’s “book club” discussion questions. You may want to review the questions ahead of time, which can be found by clicking here.

Thursday’s Class

Your group will prepare and present a 10-minute book talk to the rest of the class about your book. Your book talk should include the same components that were modeled in the All the Bright Places book talk from last week. Click here for the guidelines on how to give a book talk.

Summer Reading In-Class Write

On Tuesday, 9/8, you’ll spend the class period reflecting and writing about your summer reading books. Specifically, you’ll be asked to consider how our discussions of “why literature matters” this week apply to the two books you read over the summer.

You will need (bring to class):

  • Copies of your summer reading books
  • “Why Literature Matters” article
  • “Why Literature Matters” chart
  • Any notes you have taken
  • Pen/pencil

You will be given a choice of two prompts; choose one. To prepare for the in-class write, be sure to review specific moments in each novel that stood out to you and why these moments were significant. As always, you’ll be asked to give specific examples from the texts.

When your summer bucket list is too long…

Like most teachers (and students, I’m sure), by the time 4th marking period rolls around, I’m already dreaming of all the things I’m going to do once the summer begins. Finally, I say to myself, now I have the time to do everything I’ve been wanting to do, all the projects around the house that have gone neglected during the school year. Every room in the house needs a fresh coat of paint, the boys’ rooms need remodeling, as does our very outdated 1970s laundry room (our stylish 1980s kitchen is just too big a project to tackle any time soon).

I’ve been on vacation officially for two weeks (our last day was June 24). How much of my grand remodeling have I gotten done? Continue reading