My students need 11 copies each of the books "Flight:A Novel", "World War Z", and "Carrie" to read for our book club.
Do you remember reading a book so compelling you didn't want it to end? These titles will ignite a passion for reading in my students and help them form opinions and want to discuss them with others.
My students live in an impoverished, land-locked city with little to no room for growth.
Often, they have very little exposure to books other than through school. Once they read a great book though, the hunger for more thought-provoking and exciting books is evident. The students also love owning books but often cannot afford to purchase them.
They are a fun bunch of smart students but often struggle with school. Many of their parents must work late shifts, therefore the students lack at-home support for projects and homework. They need more exposure to great books in order to become life-long learners and to improve their vocabulary and thinking skills. They love to talk and socialize, and a book club is a great opportunity for them.
These three titles are exciting, compelling books. They will appeal to males as well as females because their themes are universal. The books are horrors or thrillers because that's what the members of the book club requested, and they deal with anything from zombies to telekinesis. Many of the books deal with problems my students face on a regular basis, from not fitting in to living in an uncertain world, so these books will open the door for great discussions.
We will read the books on our own and then meet on a specified date each month to discuss them. There will be specific questions that we will address and then the students may hold an open discussion about the book. We will decorate our meeting place and have a snack that ties into the book of the month. The students will learn how to have lively discussions about books and will be exposed to a variety of characters, settings and topics.
This project is important because many of the students at my school are not exposed to wonderful books and often don't own any.
They don't have much opportunity to share their thoughts and opinions about the books they read, other than in class. The assigned readings in class often aren't of particular interest to the students, whereas these books are high-interest and will help foster a love of reading for pleasure. The more the students read on their own, the more knowledgeable they will be.
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