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Book Groups (Summer Reading for Freshman English): April 23, 30, May 7, 14? and 21

1. The Martian (Barb): Andy, Alex, Yaseen, Josh, Samek, Andres

2. Born A Crime (Teresa): Hayden, Jamie, Zach, Bruce

3. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Ariana, Bitanya, Avani, Kiya, Elliot, Ariana (Andrea) and Panda, Winston, Lance, Adi, Benjamin (Joel)

4. Jurassic Park (Shilpa): Emma, Betina, Elizabeth

5. The Secret Life of Bees (Pooja), Maya, Aine

Book Groups (Mystery): January 22, January 29, February 5, February 12

1. Sherlock Holmes (Joel): Josh, Andy, Hayden, Yaseen, Winston

2. Then There Were None (Teresa): Adi, Emma, Dominick, Panda, Bruce, Andres and (Barbara): Benjamin, Betina, Zach, Lance, Elliot

3. The Scorch Trials (Pooja): Kiya, Bitanya, Ariana, Avani, Jamie

4. DaVinci Code (Shilpa): Samek, Aine, Elizabeth, Alex, Maya

Book Groups: October 9, 23, 30, and November 6

1. To Kill A Mockingbird (by Harper Lee): Elliot, Benjamin, Adi, Hayden, Samek (Shilpa)

2. The Darkest Minds (by Alexandra Bracken): Lance, Bruce, Maya, Andy, (Teresa)

3. The Maze Runner (by James Dashner): Bitanya, Yaseen, Jamie, Ariana, Kiya, Avani, Elizabeth, Emma (Barbara and Pooja)

4. Ready Player One (Ernest Cline): Alex, Winston, Zach, Panda, Aine, Andres, Betina, Dominick, Josh. (Joel and Andrea)

Book Groups: May-June, 2017

1. Catcher in the Rye (JD Salinger): Parth, Will, MichaelM (Cristina)

2. Lord of the Flies (William Golding): Amiri, Nicole, Maya . (AnnaMaria)

3. Of Mice and Men (John Steinbeck): Lena, Jacob, Jason, Max . (AnnaMaria & Chris)

4. An Ember in the Ashes (Sabaa Tahir): Caedon, Taran, Thomas, Neha, Ayden, Rhema, Aidan, Gwen, Andre (Jim & Cristina?)

5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky): Taika, DanChi, Rianna, Karina, Ken, MicHael (Kristen)

Book Groups: February-March, 2016 (2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 3/1, 3/8) (discrimination)

1. Mexican White Boy:  Parth, Max, William, MichaelM, Jacob, Jason - Cristina

2. The Girl Who Fell From the Sky: Danchi, Lena, Taika, Karina, Taran, Neha, Maya- Kristen

3. House on Mango Street: Andre, Caedon, Aidan, Gwen, Ken, Nicole -- Jim

4. Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry: Amiri, MichaelH, Rhema, Thomas, Ayden, Rianna- Anna-Maria

Book Groups: December-January, 2016-2017 (coming of age)

Golden Compass:  Andre, Ayden, Caedon, Gwen, Max, and Kristin

Golden Compass:  Aidan, Jason, Karina, Taran, Thomas, and Jim

True Sight: Rianna, Taika, Will, MichaelM, Neha, and Cristina

True Sight:  Danchi, Ken, MicHael, Parth, Maya and AnnaMaria

Snow in August: Amiri, Jacob

Stargirl: Lena, Nicole

Book Groups: October-November, 2016
October 5, 19, 26, Nov 2
1. Throne of Glass 1: DanChi, Caedon, Ayden, Taika, Neha, Ken and Cristina
2. Throne of Glass 2: Mikey, Andre, Jason, Rhema, Karina, Nicole and Kristin
4. Ready Player One 2: Thomas, Amiri, Gwen, Max, Taran, MichaelH, Aidan, Chrisand Anna-Maria
5. Inferno: Parth, Lena, Rianna, Will and Jim
6. Book Thief: Jacob, Maya, and Debbie

Interactive Reading takes many forms, but the element that they all have in common is that the reader participates in a one-sided discussion with the author.  Many readers used post-its to write down their comments while they read, and insert those post-its into the book and the relevant point(s).

Five common types of comments are:
  1. Question:  Ask the author, or even a character, a question.  "Does this person speak with an accent?", "In what kind of setting does this scene take place?", "Why did you write such a detailed description of a seemingly unimportant event?", "Why do you (character) even like them (other character)"?
  2. Opinion:  Express your views on something included in or related to the content.  "That interaction is unrealistic -- strangers don't talk like that to each other"  "You've captured exactly what a sunset looks and feels like to me."  "You are confusing me here.  How does this scene even fit into the story".
  3. Summarize:  This is the simplest one, in my opinion.  You simply restate a portion (paragraph, page, chapter) of the story.  "Lennie sneaks into the bunkhouse and spends time with the puppy", "Ender becomes an outcast because of his exceptional abilities", "Harry looks into the Mirror of Erised and sees his family"
  4. Predict:  Indulge the sleuth in you, Sherlock.  "Oooh, I bet that her untied shoe will eventually cause a problem", "I wonder whether the intensity with which she hates him will invert, and she actually ends up really liking him",  "He noticed the kid in the red hat stealing the candy -- will that matter later?"
  5. Connection:  Explain a way in which one thing (or person or place or interaction) related to another part of the book, or part of the world, or part of your life.  "When Ender has to choose the drink in the Giant's Game, it is just like how he has to choose between whether or not (or to what degree) he will be like Peter or Valentine", "The people being sorted into factions is similar to stereotyping in our school".

Book Sales - South Bay

Author Study (January-February, 2015)
1. John Green: Livi, Yorsabell, Juliana (Fernando)
2. Brandon Sanderson: Khael, Theodor, Avi, Brian, Sebastian (Jewel)
3. Stephen King: Tom, Aiden, Eliki, Addie, Luka, Gabi, Jax, Vaibhav (Pooja & Lavi)
4. Ray Bradbury: Sean, Ali, Naya, Lukas, Joaquin (Tarek)
5. Rainbow Rowell: Maya, Paola, Hannah, Tuisku (Maureen)
Here is the list of authors and their books

Book Groups for November-December, 2014 (mystery)
1. The Host (Avi, Khael, Theodor, Yorsabell, and Tarek)
2. In the Woods (Aiden, Eliki, Lukas, Sean, Vaibhav, and Maureen)
3. All the Wrong Questions (Addie, Hannah, Maya, Paola, Sebastian, Tom, and Fernando)
4. Angels & Demons (Ali, Gabi, Olivia, Naya, and Julie)
5. 100 Cupboards (Brian, Joaquin, Luka, Tuisku, Juliana, Jax and Lavi)

Book Groups for October, 2014
1. Juvie (Maya, Paola, Gabi, Olivia, Juliana, Tuisku, and Julie)
2. Wolf Brother (Ali, Joaquin, Khael, Aiden, Luka, Eliki, Brian and Pooja)
3. Knife (Theodor, Tom, Sean, Addie, Naya, Lukas, Brian, and Tarek)
4. Fangirl (Yorsabell, Hannah, Avi, Sebastian, Khael, and Fernando)
5. Lightning Thief (Jax, Vaibhav and Lavi)

Book Groups for June, 2014
1. The Art of Racing in the Rain (Garth Stein). Theodor, Ali, Naya, Oscar, Alec, and Tarek
2. Matched (Ally Condie). Lukas, RyanS, Prerna, Rara, and Roseanne
3. Paper Towns (John Green). Addie, Avi, Maya, Devan, and Suku
4. The Fault in Our Stars (John Green) Tuisku, Audrey, Luka, Liam, and Jeanne
5. Hitchhiker's Guide (Douglas Adams). Gabi, Elise, RyanC, Katy, and Shilpa
6. My Side of the Mountain (Jean George). Hunter, Russell, Lesley, Kinsey, and Jennifer

Book Groups for May, 2014
1. Divergent 1: Oscar, Ali, Audrey, Avi (Jeanne)
2. Divergent 2: Devan, Rahul, RyanS (Shilpa)
3. The Giver: Gabi, Addie, Elise, Russell (Tarek)
4. The Maze Runner 1: Alec, Theodor, Liam, Prerna, Tuisku (Jennifer)
5. The Maze Runner 2: RyanC, Luka, Kinsey, Maya (Roseanne)
6. The Maze Runner 3: Lukas, Naya, Hunter, Katy, Lesley (Suku)

Book Groups for November 22, 29, December 6, 13, 2011
Sphere:  Khoi, Justin, Chiara, Sarah (4) Cristina (Kerry)
Forest of Hands and Teeth:  Avery, Audrey, Carter, Alina, Malaika, Alec (6) Canh (Carolyn)
Super Human: Karim, Ian, Claire, Jenna, Nolan (5) Cindy
The Enemy: Jacob, Douglas, Danny, Abbi, Graham, James (4) Marcie
The Enemy: Dominic, Vernon, Riley, Kevin, Juliann (4) Tricia

Unbroken & Hunger Games: Kevin, Tomer, Nikolai, Jamie, Isaac (5) Meagan
Westing Game & 13th Reality: Kiyasha, Rachel, Harrison, Evan (4) Rani
Westing Game: Camila, Keiko, Rana, Joey (4)  Debbie
Flatland: Tony, Mason, Frankie, Josh, Nakiyan (5)  Denise
Flatland & Hunger Games: Kyle, Gunnar, Rama, Stephanie (4) Moira
The Thief Lord: Nate, Alexis, Leon, Dean (4)    Barbara

November 29 Discussion Topics
1. Plot update... what has happened, why, and perhaps predictions
2. Character comparison... what characters are similar to familiar character(s) and why
3. Kudos and suggestions for the author
4. If necessary, formalize plans for book #2
5. List of "Independent Reading Projects" (see printed copy).
6. You'll do one numbered activity and one lettered activity by 12/13/11

November 22 (possible) Discussion Topics
1. Groups at a table.
2. About the process of getting the book (or not)
3. Why you chose this book and what assumptions you are making.
4. Set a reading schedule for the book (we meet 11/22, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13).
5. You can discuss character, setting, plot, vocabulary, what-ifs, themes, predictions, etc.
6. Possible "Independent Reading Projects" but don't let them take over the session.

Non Fiction Friday form is in the attachments section at the bottom of this page.
This is a list of Kids Discover magazines that I have in class.  Feel free to use them but do not take them out of the room.

For your book club assignments you can choose any one of the numbered items and one of the lettered items from the document below.  The first set of these assignments are due 12/16/2011

Book Projects

To turn in a Book Project, please fill out the form below (and linked here)

Book Project Turn-In Form

  1. Please choose a book from our class library and enter the information here
  2. Spreadsheet (g-doc) of book we've read
  3. Book Lists
  4. Online books
Shelfari Pages:
  1. Chris H

Room 25 Book Inventory

Chris Heumann,
Sep 22, 2010, 5:54 PM
Chris Heumann,
Sep 16, 2011, 1:30 PM