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Bringing the Novel to Life - Creating a Historical Book Club


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This presentation was first presented at the 2010 MCSS Conference in St. Louis on February 19, 2010.

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Bringing the Novel to Life - Creating a Historical Book Club

  1. 2. Teach 8 th grade American History at South Valley Jr. High in Liberty, Missouri
  2. 3. Adjunct faculty at Park University teaching graduate course “Technology for the Classroom”
  3. 4. Currently working on my doctorate at Walden University in Teacher Leadership
  4. 5. All notes and links from this presentation can be found online at: Please share with others
  5. 7. First 20 minutes of the day – Monday thru Thursday SSR Silent Sustained Reading
  6. 8. EVERYONE in the building reads for enjoyment Most powerful initiative I have ever seen in education
  7. 9. The History Geeks will read 5 historical novels this year in the book club and 1 in class
  8. 10. Guns for General Washington by Seymour Reit
  9. 11. George Washington, Spymaster by Thomas B. Allen
  10. 12. Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
  11. 13. Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
  12. 14. Counting on Grace by Elizabeth Winthrop
  13. 15. Guerrilla Season by Pat Hughes
  14. 16. Guerrilla Season describes life in Missouri at the start of the Civil War Fits curriculum perfectly and engaging book
  15. 17. <ul><li>Finding the right book for your needs </li></ul><ul><li>Fits Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Engaging </li></ul><ul><li>Reading Level </li></ul>
  16. 18. NCSS Annual Notable Trade Books for Young People
  17. 19. School Library Journal Monthly lists reviews of books
  18. 20. Getting your books: Check existing collections Barnes and Noble – 20% discount Amazon – also used books
  19. 21. Book clubs are appealing idea for grant applications <ul><li>Replicate </li></ul><ul><li>community </li></ul><ul><li>Involvement </li></ul><ul><li>curriculum ties </li></ul>
  20. 22. Set up a schedule for your book club Create a pacing guide Helps everyone stay on the “same page”
  21. 24. Invite people other than students to read join the book club Other teachers, parents, principals, community leaders
  22. 25. Spark interest in your book club by reading a section out loud in class as a teaser
  23. 26. Bring a coffee maker into the classroom and have hot chocolate for the participants
  24. 27. <ul><li>Contact the author if possible to see if they would like to communicate with students </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail </li></ul><ul><li>Phone Call </li></ul><ul><li>Video Skype </li></ul>
  25. 28. Interview an author
  26. 29. Resource for finding authors who are willing to conduct a video chat with your students
  27. 30. Find resources to support your book <ul><li>Videos </li></ul><ul><li>Related books </li></ul><ul><li>Images </li></ul><ul><li>Maps </li></ul><ul><li>Book on CD </li></ul>
  28. 31. Create a place to discuss the novel online
  29. 32. One option is to utilize existing message boards – like BlackBoard or Moodle
  30. 33. A more public option is a site like Wallwisher
  31. 34. Extend the novel using a variety of final projects students can create Give students a variety of options, make it fun
  32. 35. Write an alternate ending to the novel
  33. 36. Create a movie poster for the novel Great online tool from a site at FlickrToys
  34. 37. Conduct an interview with one of the characters Write transcript and record if possible
  35. 38. Create a comic strip of one scene in the novel
  36. 39. Design a new book cover for the novel
  37. 40. Write a poem or song about the novel
  38. 41. If you have an online site post the final projects from the students Guerrilla Season by Hanna The night is dark and still, But you know they are there, Maybe they aren’t there to get you, but they’re after someone. After lying still for hours he hears it, the sounds that no fifteen year old should have to wake up to in the night. He grabs his gun and runs outside, he is the man of the house and he has to defend his love ones, whether he wants to or not. It’s too late, the flames are in the clouds, The scream pierces his ears as he runs towards the only light in the cold dark night, He stops as hears the gun shots and even more screams, After running toward the flames he now can’t move, He knows what had just happened. Now, so close to the house he sees the monsters that have done this, Knowing they are proud with sinful smiles on their faces he turns around knowing there is nothing he can do for this family.
  39. 42. All notes and links from this presentation can be found online at: Please share with others
  40. 43. Eric Langhorst 8 th Grade American History South Valley Jr. High School Liberty, Missouri [email_address] Twitter : elanghorst Skype : elanghorst