BOOK CLUB By: Haley, Becki, Charlie and Michael
Our MembersWe like to read together as a group toincrease our understanding andperspectives. Anyone is welcome to joinour book club that wants to explore andpush the boundaries of literacy. We believein multiple literacies, because reading canbe more than written language! All for oneand one for all.
List of Books for Grade 9 Fried Green Tomatoes—Fannie Flagg Of Mice and Men—John Steinbeck To Kill a Mockingbird—Harper Lee The Secret Life of Bees—Sue monk Kidd The Hobbit- J. R. R. Tolkien
Rationale These books are a good choice for grade nine because they have recurring themes, which will help them in developing inferences. This literature touches on life events that they may encounter and refer to when dealing with future issues. We chose these books because they provide a good foundation for future readings.
The HobbitThe Hobbit is a fantasy novel and children‘sbook by J.R.R. Tolkien. The book remainspopular and is recognized as a classic inchildrens literature.Set in a time "Between the Dawn of Færie andthe Dominion of Men, The Hobbit follows thequest of home-loving hobbit Bilbo Baggins towin a share of the treasure guarded by thedragon, Smaug. Bilbos journey takes him fromlight-hearted, rural surroundings intodarker, deeper territory. By accepting thedisreputable, romantic, fey and adventurousside of his nature and applying his wits andcommon sense, Bilbo gains a new level of
3 Activities The Hobbiton Free Press (Chapters 1-4) You are a writer for The Hobbiton Free Press, a monthly newsletter catering to the region of Westfarthing, the westernmost region of the Shire. Your task is to write an article for your paper. You could be a news reporter, describing a significant event (e.g. Bilbo‘s encounter with the trolls) or an editorial writing about an issue brought forth in the section (e.g. opposing non-Hobbit activities like having adventures) The Personal Epithet. The class will be provided some time in the computer lab in order to complete this activity. Your task is to find the origin of your first and last name, and to come up with an epithet according to those name origins. The Hobbit and Fairy Tales The Hobbit features several themes similar to that of Fairy Tales. The class will be divided into three groups and tasked with reading one of the three fairy tales, Rumplestiltskin, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Alladin. Once read, your task is to discuss the
Michael Kirkness Kirkness: Olde Norse origin, and is a locational from the place, a headland, in Orkney, called Kirkness. The placename means the church at the headland, derived from the Northern Middle English word Kirk, meaning church, and the Olde Norse nes, a headland. Michael: Hebrew: Who is like God
Michael Kirkness“The Man of God in the Church by the Headland”
Haley Sigurdson Sigurdson Old Norse: Winning adviser Old Norse: A victorious guardian Haley Norse: Hero Irish: Wise one Old English: Hay meadow
Becki Wiens Wiens: German: patronymic from a short form of a Germanic compound personal name beginning with wini ‗friend‘. Becki (Rebecca): Hebrew: To tie, bind; enchantingly beautiful Hebrew: Bound, tied
Grade 10 Book List The Handmaids Tale—Margaret Attwood Wuthering Heights—Emily Bronte Lord of the Flies—William Golding Life of Pi—Yann Martel Animal Farm—George Orwell Lord of the Rings—JRR Tolkien
Rationale This book list was specially designed to interest male students. As a generality, female students tend to enjoy pleasure reading more than their counterpart male students do. As a result the females tend to have better scores when it comes to reading and writing. This list of books is a small way to grab the interest of those boys and hook them into pleasure reading.
Lord of the FliesLord of the Flies tells the story of a group of Englishschoolboys marooned on a tropical island after theirplane is shot down during a war.Free from the rules and structures of civilization andsociety, the boys on the island descend into savagery.As the boys splinter off into groups, some behavepeacefully and work together to maintain order andachieve common goals, while others rebel and seekonly anarchy and violence. world of the island, Golding paints a broader portrait ofIn his portrayal of the smallthe fundamental human struggle between the civilizing instinct—the impulse toobey rules, behave morally, and act lawfully—and the savage instinct—the impulseto seek brute power over others, act selfishly, scorn moral rules, and indulge inviolence.
3 Activities Map It Out Students are asked to map out the island of LOTF. Using details and quotes from the book. Students can either draw, sculpt, paint or collage a map of the island. Publish It Students are asked to create a front and back cover for the LOTF book as well as a synopsis of the book. The Soundtrack Students are asked to make a five song CD. For each song or musical piece, write out the lyrics or describe the music; then, write an analysis which explains its connection to the novel. Use literary evidence such as: symbols, themes, motifs and situations that the
Pre-Readings Postscript on Japanese Skulls(Paul Fussel) A fragment of a letter written during a war. This should help the students imagine the hardships of war. The Second Coming (William Butler Yeats) This is a bizarre and very well-known, oft-quoted poem that has an immediate effect on this novel. Yeats talks about innocence and anarchy. barrsenglishclass.com/flies.htm http://www.webenglishteacher.com/golding.html
Post-Readings Watch the movie! Harry Hook‘s 1990 version is the best 60 Second Recaps 60secondrecap.com/library/lord-of-the-flies/2/
List of Books for Grade 11 Watership Down — Richard Adams Dracula — Bram Stoker Twelfth Night – Shakespeare We — Yevgeny Zamyatin The Stone Angle – Margret Laurence
Rationale We selected these books for grade eleven because we believe they will spark the interest of the students. We included an array of genres to enrich students‘ understanding of themes and issues, in order to enhance their appreciation of language. We believe these books will challenge students understanding and knowledge and will help them to improve their reading comprehension while developing their ability to make inferences. We chose Authors from different cultural backgrounds to enrich the classroom experience and contribute to a greater appreciation of literature. These books will allow students to develop a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them by reading and reflecting on the text.
Twelfth NightThe play, Twelfth Night is a comedy written by WilliamShakespeare. The protagonist ,Viola is shipwreckedon an island named Illyria. She believes her twinbrother drowned in the wreck.Orsino, The Duke of Illyira, is a glutton forpunishment; ―If music be the food of love, playwith his neighbour in loveon‖, for he is madlyLady Olivia. Olivia has sworn off men for 7 years while she ismorning the loss of her father and brother. Viola‘s only salvation while beingstranded in this strange place, is to disguise herself as a man; this is the only wayshe can work for the Duke.Orsino sends Viola (who is disguised as a man) to woo Lady Olivia for him. Oliviafalls for Viola‘s girlish good looks and the love triangle begins. For, the more Violagets to know Orsino, the more she realizes her true feelings for him; Love. Can thistale only end in heartache?
3 Activities Journal or ―Think book‖ For this activity students will make connections to a theme in the book by writing about: a key scene or quote that resonates; a burning question; and a discussion that shows their thought process. Comic Strip In groups of two choose a specific scene or an overview of the play and create a comic strip. The comic should include humour and include at least 4 frames. These will be created on the computer using the program ComicLife. Character Biography Create a Bio for one character in the play. Draw or represent the character in the middle of the page (using poster paper). Include their name at the top of the page. Around the representation of the character, include: 3 quotes, 3 thoughts, and 3 feelings, and 3 emotions.
Pre-Readings Comics Spiderman and Superman (looking at hidden love and disguise) A Short Story A Secret for Two by Quentin Reynolds (illusions) Song Analysis Complicated - Carolyn Dawn Johnson (hidden feelings) (discuss songs the kids suggest) http://ghiorzi.org/secret.htm http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGILo79ObiU
Post-Readings Painting Analysis See Image. . Book No Fear Twelfth Night Movie She‘s the Man http://www.1st-art-gallery.com/Johann-Heinrich- Ramberg/Malvolio-Before-Olivia,-From-Twelfth-Night-By-William- Shakespeare-1564-1616-1789.html Crowther, John, (Ed.). (2003). No Fear Twelfth Night. Retrieved January 16, 2012, from http://nfs.sparknotes.com/twelfthnight/
Grade 12 Book list Nineteen-Eighty-Four—George Orwell The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn—Mark Twain A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier—Ishmael Beah Nineteen Minutes—Jodi Picoult The Grapes of Wrath—John Steinbeck The Help—Kathryn Stockett The Curious incident of the Dog in the Night- Time—Mark Haddon
Rationale The reason we chose these novels is because:1. The concepts are more demanding than grade 11 level,2. Content may have use of profanity, sexuality and adult issues (relationships, divorce etc.) that would not be acceptable at grade nine level,3. Themes are hidden and require deeper comprehension, which will also promote students‘ ability to make inferences independently.
Catcher in the RyeThe Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger isnarrated by a teenage boy named HoldenCaulfield. Holden Caulfield is a typical andatypical teenage boy who is trying to makesense of the adult world he is about to enter.Along this journey the reader is presented withmany different themes suchas, innocence, mortality, isolation, phoniness ofthe adult world, sexuality and the painfulness ofgrowing up. Throughout the novel there aremany issues that are discussed such asschool, teachers, music, sex, alcohol, hypocrisy,
3 activitiesIntroduction Activity: Students should be briefed on what life in the 50‘s was like. You can also talk about Communism, Capitalism, Socialism and the different war‘s being fought.Class Blog: A class blog is a great way to build a stronger community, add technology into the classroom and help students gain a more thorough understanding of the novel.Phony Tracking: Holden Caulfield believes that almost everything is phony. Have the students track his comments about "phonies" and include the page number it was found on.
Pre-Readings Salinger: A Biography, by Paul Alexander Poem: Comin Thro’ The Rye by Robert Burns
Post-Readings Holden Caulfield, by Harold Bloom If You Really Want To Hear About It: Writers on J.D. Salinger and his work Readings On The Catcher In The Rye, by Steven Engel