Book Buffets in the H.S. Library – Don't Shush Me! In the past couple of weeks I’ve posted a lot of pictures of my Book Buffets on the library Insta (@gvhslibrary), leading to several requests from my fellow librarians about what a Book Buffet is and how it works. Book Buffet, aka “Book Tasting” The Book Buffet is basically my version of what is often called a “Book Tasting,” or “Book Speed Dating.” I like the idea of Book Tastings and such, but I found that my students didn’t respond as well when I used those other terms. Plus, I like the alliteration of “Book Buffet.” How it works I am very fortunate, and very excited, that our ELA departments are currently working to revamp their curriculums to include many more independent reading opportunities. You can imagine how engaging and exciting (and successful) this method was……… not. Step #1 – Student Interest Survey The first step is that the teacher reaches out to let me know they have an independent (or lit circle) reading assignment coming up. Step #2 – Review the Results Like this:
Vyond poets.org Why reading aloud is a vital bridge to literacy | Books I was very lucky to have been brought up in a household where my older brother and my father read out loud to me as a teenager. It was a form of conversation or entertainment. They were “hey-listen-to-this” moments, taking in Dickens, Hardy, Catch-22, Catcher in the Rye, the Molesworth books, newspapers, magazines, Konrad Lorenz’s science books, Alan Moorehead’s accounts of exploration and any random passage from their studies. Come to think of it, my father didn’t stop! In his 70s, when I was in my 40s, my father still read me the stories he wrote about his childhood. His intonation, his pronunciation of Yiddish, our cackling at his jokes live on. This week, it was suggested that in order to foster a love of reading, parents and teachers should continue reading aloud to children well into their teen years. The way we speak is very different from the way we write – especially from the way we write continuous prose. Continuous prose flows without hesitation.
Aviary Understand what you read 10 Rejected Book Covers That Almost Made the Cut We’re back with our rejected book cover series, where designers walk us through the process and show us the book covers that could have been. (For previous entries in this series, see here and here.) What kind of planning and thought goes into the cover design process, and what beautiful art gets dropped along the way? Training School for Negro Girls by Camille Acker I was immediately taken with this debut collection of short stories, which details the lives of black girls and women who are all living, learning, and finding their own distinct ways in Washington, DC. Everyone appreciated the initial designs, the first being a stylized silhouette of a black woman with an afro wearing pearls. After several more versions were presented, the author suggested that using a representative image might be a more successful approach. Barker House by David Moloney The novel details the work and personal ongoings of several guards at a correctional facility. Three Novels by Stephen King
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