Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Junior Book club (grade 6-8) Launch 2012/2013

Welcome to Junior Book Club 2012/13

Hello to all book club members for 2012/13.  I am very excited to launch our junior book club for the year and would like to share a little bit about how book club will work :)

When and Where do we meet?  Starting up again in mid October we will meet every 6 weeks on a Wednesday, with the first session  on October 10th @4 pm via Blackboard Collaborate.  We go right through until the end of May 2013.  Sessions last for about an hour..sometimes a little longer.  You will also be sent a link to participate in our Collaborize Classroom which is where we will discuss books and socialize in between meetings!

What do you need?
A good microphone headset, and time to read the books and come to meetings.
A public library card or access to a library to borrow books.  Our E library is also available for reading pleasure. All books are reviewed by myself, and "clubbers",  for suitability and enjoyment for both boys and girls.

On Blackboard Collaborate you may be prompted to download some software which may take anywhere from 2 to 20 minutes depending on your Internet connection speed. Join your meeting early if you can.
A microphone and headphones or speakers will allow you to participate fully in the meeting.
Visit the Configuration Room and use the Audio Setup Wizard before the meeting to make sure your computer's audio is configured correctly.

Please watch the participant tutorial as this will help with set up.

What do we do?  We chat about books, pray for each other and discuss literacy, suggest new books, read and celebrate our creative writing, learn how to write a book review and maybe make a book trailer, and generally get to know each other:)

I want to thank all my previous book club members for blessing me this year with amazing conversation, along with their supportive parents who encouraged them to fulfill their literacy goals.

Book List!

Here is the list of possible reads for next year!  Students will get to vote from this list, and be able to add to it as well for this coming year.  We will start with  Owls in the Family as our first book, and once you have emailed me of your interest you are encouraged to start reading. 

Moby Dick.  Herman Mellville.

Owls in the Family.  Farley Mowat.

The Mistmantle Chronicles

Treasure Island. Robert.  Louis Stevenson.

Mixed Up Tales of Mrs Basil Frankweiler.  El Konigsberg.

Stormbreaker.  Anthony Horowitz

Other books????


We will be using this blog as our launching pad, and I hope all book clubbers will be able to contribute their book reviews or communications via the blog, or Collabrorize Classroom.    All meeting times and updates will be posted to this site.  If you have a student in grade 10, 11, 12  please contact Calvin Johnston  cjohnston@onlineschool.ca.  Calvin is our grade 11 Language arts teacher and we are very blessed to have him this year as a book club moderator!

Have fun reading this year!!

God Bless
Pippa Davies