Saturday, June 13, 2009

My Epiphany!!! and subsequent workload

So I had this idea. I'm requiring a certain number of pages read from my students next year and the only requirement is they can't read the same "kind" of book two times in a row. Then I got thinking about how many people have graciously shared their appreciation for my books reviews. Hence, epiphany. I should keep a book in the classroom with all my book reviews for my students to be able to see what I think of the different books. I will probably categorize them by kinds of books so they can see the options when they are branching out of their comfort zone, even if it is only every other book.

Here comes the work load. The only book reviews that I have already done are for the ones I've read over the last year and half - and none of those are the books I've taught. Then throw in any other book that I really think would be of interest to my students that I've read and I think I'm going to be spending a great deal of time on my goodreads account remembering what I've read and trying to get some ideas down and organized that will help guide these young, and for the most part reader-haters see that it doesn't have to suck.

Wish me luck!!!


Harmony said...

Sounds like a great idea--and a lot of work. For books you know you like and want to recommend to your students, couldn't you use other people's reviews until you get around to writing your own? Might reduce your workload a bit.

Erin H. said...

Well you sure have your work cut out for you! Remember, though, you don't have to have EVERY book reviewed...pace yourself! You are still allowed to be a human being just because you are a teacher!

Tasha said...

Yea I could, but I may find I spend more time reading through the reviews to find one that shares the opinion I have of a book than the time it would take to write it. Are you offering to help??? And with some of the books that I really didn't like but many people like, I will probably pull several opinions (like LOTR)

Janet S. said...

There's a thing called "Booktalks" that are like introductions to the books, not exactly reviews, but I used to love doing them for my Children's Lit class. Maybe if you give me the books you want to "share" I can find Booktalks for some of them amongst my resources. Just a thought.