Your book list will be your record of the childrenís books you have read this semester. (75-100 books)
It will be a record of your growth in:
∑ Selecting and evaluating childrenís books
∑ Making connections among books
∑ Making connections among books and readers (children, classmates, family, and friends)
∑ Thinking and writing about literature
Each entry in your reading list will include:
(1) author and illustrator name(s)
(2) Book Title underlined
(3) publisherís name
(4) date of publication, and
∑ Writing annotations is an art
∑ Note first impressions, basic facts, and questions as you read (in the library, in class)
∑ Edit and type later
∑ For some books you may want to write lots, but for other just a sentence or two
∑ I will push you to write more, to think more deeply
∑ Annotations allow you to practice thinking and writing about literature, to explore contradictory feelings and questions
∑ They are a process that will reveal your growth
∑ They need not be finished products
∑ Donít attempt to retell the story Ė summarize in one sentence and concentrate on your response to the book
∑ One quotation can be worth a thousand words, give flavor, and help you remember
∑ Go beyond liking and disliking to explore why you feel as you do
∑ Consider the authorís goal, intended audience, choice of techniques (artwork, writing style, genre, organization)?
∑ What worked, and what didnít?
∑ Compare with similar books
∑ How might you use this book with children, which children, with what other books?
∑ The word "cute" is a four-letter word that is not allowed!
"Literature is words that provoke interpretation."-- Alan Garner (interview with Donna White).