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Summer reading 2010

  1. 1. The Summer Reading 2010 Committee • Laura Carlyle • Margaret Nichol • Elizabeth Dean • Deb O’Brien • Chip Hill • Bud Schermerhorn • Margie Luck • George Snider
  2. 2. The purpose of our summer reading program is to promote and encourage the love of reading.
  3. 3. Our “One Book One School” approach demonstrates that one book can be viewed in many ways across all disciplines.
  4. 4. Summer Reading Book Evaluation Form Book / Author ________________________________________ • Book category (fiction/nonfiction)?______________ • Is the book a movie? ______________ • Is the book in paperback? ______________ • Is the book accessible (in print)? ______________ • Is the book age appropriate? ______________ • Level of difficulty (gr 9-12)? ______________ • Length? ______________ • Subject Matter? ______________ • Controversial issues? ______________ • Supported by positive editorials? _____________ • Curriculum tie-in possibilities? ______________ • Not in the curriculum? ______________ • Is the author available (Skype)? ______________
  5. 5. Please circle the number that best indicates how prevalent the following characteristics are in the book - 0 being not applicable and 4 being most prevalent. Diversity 0 1 2 3 4 Morality 0 1 2 3 4 Engaging 0 1 2 3 4 Cultural 0 1 2 3 4 Humor 0 1 2 3 4 Historical 0 1 2 3 4 Quality of writing 0 1 2 3 4 Comments:
  6. 6. Books considered but not chosen: • Up from Slavery (Washington) • Into Thin Air (Krakauer) • Twisted (Anderson) • Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Alexie) • Book Thief (Zusak) • I Am the Messenger (Zusak) • Uglies (Westerfeld) • Mountains Beyond Mountains (Tracy Kidder) • This Land is Their Land (Ehrenreich) • Mayflower and the Pilgrims' New World (Philbrick) • Mayflower: a Story of Courage (Philbrick)
  7. 7. Continued: • The Kids from Nowhere: the Story Behind the Arctic Educational Miracle (Guthridge) • Red Sky at Morning (Bradford) • American Born Chinese (Yang) • Temeraire: His Majesty's Dragon (Novik) • Have a Little Faith (Albom) • Snow in August (Hamill) • This World We Live In (Pfeffer) • Great Expectations (Dickens) • Dracula (Stoker)
  8. 8. The book we chose: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman Winner of the 2009 Newbery Medal
  9. 9. Introducing the book
  10. 10. About Neil • Author of 28+ books, including Coraline (movie) • Author/artist of comics and graphic novels • Winner of 3 Hugo Awards, 2 Nebulas and many others • Popular with many teens • Visit Neil’s web page
  11. 11. Book Review Review from Booklist *Starred Review* “This is an utterly captivating tale that is cleverly told through an entertaining cast of ghostly characters. There is plenty of darkness, but the novel’s ultimate message is strong and life affirming. Although marketed to the younger YA set, this is a rich story with broad appeal and is highly recommended for teens of all ages.”
  12. 12. Vocabulary • crypt • abode • fungoid • Fidelis ad mortem • carrion • declaim • exuberant • flibbertigibbet • fiddle-pated • imprecation • remnant • serene • sanguine • luminescence • choleric • gutteral • unflappable • phlegmatic • guileless • gaunt • promiscuous • reproachfully • affability • Piebald • porkies • danse macabre • obstinately • novel (unique)
  13. 13. Literary Analysis: • Explication of simile: "like a sharp talon coming out of the hill" • Metaphor: sky "angry, glowering red, the color of an infected wound" • Statement of theme: "it's like people believe they'll be happy if they go live somewhere else...wherever you go you take yourself with you." • Simile: "every nightmare he had ever had, made into a place, like a huge mouth of jutting teeth." • Syntactical pattern: "What's this when it's at home, then?" • Allusion to 1984: "here comes a chopper to chop off your head"
  14. 14. Curriculum and Community Connections • Curriculum Threads Assigning Summer Reading Assessments/Activities/Reading Author “visit” • Community Threads Heritage Museum and Gardens
  15. 15. Where students may get the book • Borrow a copy from the Sandwich Public Library (All our copies are there also!). • Borrow an e-copy from the library or purchase one online. • Buy a copy at any book store. (Titcomb’s Bookshop will offer a 25% discount with student ID.) • Have a book buddy or buddies and share a copy. • Listen to Neil read his book.
  16. 16. Our Summer Reading Web Page By our talented student web design team: Kara Kosinski and Will Degan

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