Letter to Ed. in today’s Australian:
@KirstenTP: “@sean_langdon: Do your students engage in meaningful conversations? Check out these posters http://t.co/auIk3or4zY” #abed #pdccsd
My little book club (called RED) has an idea. Each of our 9 members has chosen our favourite book from 2013 and we want to donate the collection to a group of book lovers in need of books.
More specifically, we want to give them to a group of women (18+) who need English books. And we want to do this every year – maybe the same group, maybe different groups. Essentially, we’re seeking to fund a book club for women who struggle to access quality contemporary fiction.
Problem: we don’t know a group of women who would value our gift. This is not a random donation – we want it to be a personal gesture. Some of our thoughts have been – tertiary English students in remote universities in Thailand or China; English teachers in Namibia; Indian domestic violence women’s’ group; an NGO in a refugee camp…
We just need a contact person somewhere in the world so we know our books will end up with a group of women who’ll value them.
Please let me know if that is you, whether you’re in a group or know of one!
For other book clubs – perhaps you’d consider doing something similar. My suggestion: tweet using #bookspred and see if anyone matches up needing what you’re offering. It could be books of any language or genre, and for any age or demographic.
Similarly, if you are in a group that needs books, tweet a few details of the need/situation using #bookspred, and see who responds…
“Electronic books, or e-books, provide readers with the opportunity to engage with texts in new and innovative ways. In this multisession lesson, students use computers or digital readers to read and respond to e-books. Students learn how to use e-book tools and features to support their reading processes. In particular, they insert digital notes into a book to record their thoughts and ideas in response to the text. Whole-class and small-group discussions about different types of responses encourage students to broaden their response repertoire. At the end of the lesson, students review their digital notes and fill out handouts that help them reflect on the value of the e-book reading experience and the subsequent response process.”