To support your enjoyment of outside reading you will create and maintain a blog that will serve as a resource for other folks looking to find a good book to read. It will also serve as a means for your teachers to review your completion of your chosen books.
Our expectation is that you will read and review at least four books by the middle of May. You are encouraged to read and review MORE BOOKS but four is the minimum.
Each time you finish a book you will post the following details on your blog:
>the title of the book and author’s name
>number of pages and year published
>genre (fiction/non-fiction/mystery/love poems/adventure travel)
>links to the author’s website
>a summary of the book (be fair and alert your readers to any SPOILERS that might give away the plot or ending). At least 1o0 words.
>your opinion in the form of a book review. You may use first person. Include one quote or passage from the book that supports your review. This passage does not count towards your 100 words. At least 100 words.
>who might like the book. Avoid vagueness and generality and instead go for, “If you have enjoy CJ Box’s Wyoming mysteries then you will find the Walt Longmire character equally interesting.” At least 25 words.
>tags that relate to the type of book and reader that find might find this book appealing
>an image of the book cover or the author’s photo
Guidelines for choosing a book – the first priority is to pick a book that is of interest to you. Both of your teachers are voracious readers and will give you endless ideas. Give ANY book at least 50 pages of reading before you give up.
>age appropriate for you the reader
>printed or online is fine but don’t risk the distraction of an online book if that is a challenge for you. We will remove this option for individual students if the distraction is a problem.
>minimum page length is at least 100 pages of text
>the book may be used for outside reading for another class
>a book that you can bring to class everyday or easily access.
>magazines and newspapers (printed or online) are not eligible
Due dates for your four book posts. You must finish the book before you write the blog post.
review #1: Wednesday, February 1st
review #2: Wednesday, March 7th
review #3: Wednesday, April 4th
review #4: Wednesday, May 16th
1. What if I forget my book on a Monday? Can’t I just read the paper?
Sure but you will lose points and time. Ten points if you bring your book on Monday. This is your job to remember. Facebook it. Write it down. Do it.
2. Can I leave my book in Homitz’s room so I can’t forget it?
Yes but this limits the time that you will have to read it. If your book disappears it is on YOU the student. We take no responsibility for securing.
3. Can I review a book that I have already enjoyed in the past?
Why? You have to read in the room each week on Mondays so why miss out on a a new book? We are totally into you adding more reviews – don’t hold back.
4. I want to review a book that I read for Homitz’s because it was SO GOOD!! How about that?
Nope. But go find another book by the same author and treat yourself.
5. I read a ton and often more than one book a month. Can’t I just write four posts about the first four books that I finish in 2012.