My students enroll in my science fiction and fantasy class because they want to learn to enjoy reading again. They want to develop lifelong pleasure reading habits that they can carry beyond high school, they want to engage in provocative, stimulating "book clubs," they want to create and play with literature, they want to read to cut away at the layers of stress school and work pile on them, and they want to read with the passion of a child who has recently discovered the joy of words on a page.
As part of our effort to work together to build deep, sustainable pleasure reading habits, we also want to help create a culture of reading throughout our school.
First semester, part of my students' curriculum will entail independent reading, and my students will use their independent reading discoveries to plan and execute a book fair for our younger students. In this book fair, my students will share their love for books with our school, hoping to create an epidemic of enthusiastic readers. To do this, however, my students need great science fiction and fantasy books to read!
My students will read these books independently and they will choose the books they read. After reading several science fiction and fantasy books, my students will design, plan, advertise for, and execute a books fair for our school's younger students to share the books they love with students who haven't read the books. My students will actively cultivate a culture of reading in our school as they share the passages, characters, worlds, and science fiction/fantasy creations they encounter in these novels. To give my students the opportunities to find as many books they might love as possible, they need choices.
I'm requesting a variety of titles including Children of Blood and Bone, A Game of Thrones, Seveneves, Lost in a Good Book, The Dreamblood Duology, The Road, The Eyre Affair, The Princess Bride, Artemis, Daughter of the Pirate King, A Clockwork Orange, Provenance, Witches Abroad, and Journey to the Center of the Earth.
Your donation will give my students the choices they need to find a book they love, and when my students find a book they love, they will share this love with other budding readers in our school.
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