Summer Reading Book Talk: 60 points: 30 for following directions, information, and clarity and 30 for creativity and class involvement
List of books:
Abdel-Fattah ,Randa. Does My Head Look Big in This?
Alexie, Sherman. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian
Beah, Ishmael. Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Dumas , Firoozeh. Funny in Farsi
Marinez, Victor. Parrot in the Oven
Shea, Pegi Deitz. Tangled Threads: A Hmong girl’s Story
Woodson, Jacqueline. If You Come Softly
Your group will discuss one of the books above and give a talk about whether you would recommend this book to the class or not. As part of this talk, each of you will have one of the following roles:
Plot and characters: Summarize enough of the plot without giving away the ending so that the class understands the major conflicts and relationships between the characters.
As part of this, choose passages that reveal the abstract/complex/dynamic qualities of the characters and the concrete actions, words, foil characters, etc. that reveal these qualities.
Investigators: Investigate the author, the geography of the setting, the culture presented, the traditions of this culture and how these differ from your own or other cultures we have read about so far. Investigate any allusions or culturally specific words/ideas that are part of the story or novel you read.
Literary luminary, connector, themes: Choose passages that you especially liked or that you thought could be more interesting and be prepared to discuss why these passages are important. Find passages from the cross-cultural readings we have done so far to compare and contrast the values and themes we have discussed (bravery, overcoming challenges, knowing illusion vs reality, danger of pride, importance of education vs faith). Which values seem universal and which seem particular to the culture of this novel or stories? Which values mirror at least two of our Groves House Rules? (Dramatize, describe, or present two real events you witnessed or heard about at Groves that matches two scenes in your novel).

You will decide in your groups how many people to assign to each category to give your group presentation. Some categories will need more students than others (the last one--with literary luminary, connector, and themes, for example—may include three students working together).




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