Sakai Reads

November 5, 2020

10:00am on Zoom

Sakai Reads is an all-school event that brings our community of readers together ... students, teachers, parent and school volunteers, retirees, and even principals!

Read a great book, meet new people, learn about others, and maybe even learn a little about yourself.

How can reading fiction help increase your empathy for people who are different?

Teachers: Make sure your students know how to rename themselves, review protocols, and provide this document in Google Classroom - students will click the link attached to the title of their book.

Hosts: Schedule the Zoom. As participants arrive, ask volunteers to identify themselves by adding VOL to their names, tell them to ignore the initial breakout room invite, place students in random groups based on how many leaders there are, and then assign each volunteer to a group.

Volunteers/Discussion Leaders: You will NOT schedule your own Zoom - click the link attached to the title of your book to join the Zoom.

Students: Click on the title of the book you read to join the Zoom meeting.



***If you need anything on Thursday during the event - I will be available via email: mmiller@bisd303.org***

Sakai Reads 2020 - Volunteer Guide

Feel free to make a copy of these slides for your own use - either as inspiration for discussions or to use during the actual discussion. *Ask your host to allow participants to share screens if you want to do this.

El Deafo

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS


VIDEO by AUTHOR
Starting at a new school is scary, especially with a giant hearing aid strapped to your chest! At her old school, everyone in Cece’s class was deaf. Here, she’s different. She’s sure the kids are staring at the Phonic Ear, the powerful aid that will help her hear her teacher. Too bad it also seems certain to repel potential friends.

Fish in a Tree

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS


VIDEO TRAILER
Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker.

Because of Mr. Terupt

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS



VIDEO TRAILER
It’s the start of a new year at Snow Hill School, and seven students find themselves thrown together in Mr. Terupt’s fifth grade class. There’s . . . Jessica, the new girl, smart and perceptive, who’s having a hard time fitting in; Alexia, a bully, your friend one second, your enemy the next; Peter, class prankster and troublemaker; Luke, the brain; Danielle, who never stands up for herself; shy Anna, whose home situation makes her an outcast; and Jeffrey, who hates school.

Crash

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS


VIDEO TRAILER
Seventh-grade super-jock Crash Coogan got his nickname the day he used his first football helmet to knock his cousin Bridget flat on her backside. And he has been running over people ever since, especially Penn Webb, the dweeby, vegetarian Quaker kid who lives down the block. Through the eyes of Crash, readers get a rare glimpse into the life of a bully in this unforgettable and beloved story about stereotypes and the surprises life can bring.

Wishtree

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS


VIDEO with AUTHOR
Trees can't tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories. . . .Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree"―people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with a crow named Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this wishtree watches over the neighborhood.You might say Red has seen it all.Until a new family moves in.

The Running Dream

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS


VIDEO with AUTHOR
Jessica thinks her life is over when she loses a leg in a car accident. She’s not comforted by the news that she’ll be able to walk with the help of a prosthetic leg. Who cares about walking when you live to run?

Number the Stars

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS


VIDEO TRAILER
As the German troops begin their campaign to "relocate" all the Jews of Denmark, Annemarie Johansen’s family takes in Annemarie’s best friend, Ellen Rosen, and conceals her as part of the family.

Out of My Mind

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS


VIDEO OVERVIEW
Eleven-year-old Melody is not like most people. She can’t walk. She can’t talk. She can’t write. All because she has cerebral palsy. But she also has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She’s the smartest kid in her whole school, but NO ONE knows it.

Schooled

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS


VIDEO TRAILER
Capricorn Anderson had never watched a television show before. He'd never tasted a pizza. He had never even heard of a wedgie. And he had never, in his wildest dreams, thought of living anywhere but Garland Farm commune with his hippie caretaker, Rain.

Wonder

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS


VIDEO TRAILER
"I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse. " August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS


VIDEO TRAILER
When the Watson family—ten-year-old Kenny, Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, and brother Byron—sets out on a trip south to visit Grandma in Birmingham, Alabama, they don’t realize that they’re heading toward one of the darkest moments in America’s history. The Watsons’ journey reminds us that even in the hardest times, laughter and family can help us get through anything.

Savvy

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS


VIDEO TRAILER
Thirteen is when a Beaumont’s savvy hits—and with one brother who causes hurricanes and another who creates electricity, Mibs Beaumont is eager to see what she gets.