DEAR

All students should read in books of their own choosing at least 15-20 minutes per day, every day (7 days a week, 365 days a year).

For Year 11 Students

Blog Entries

At least once a month, around the 1st day of the month, I want you to write a short entry about the DEAR book you are currently reading. You may of course write DEAR entries more often.

a) In the middle of a book

If you are in the middle of a book, all you have to do is choose one quotation from the book that you like, explain any background needed to understand it, and then explain why you like it. That’s all!

Details:

    • Identify the author and title.
    • Set up the quotation by explaining the context: who is speaking? what is the situation? Etc.
    • Share the quotation. If it is dialogue, or if it is a longer quotation, punctuate it exactly as it appears in the book, and then format it as a “blockquote”. To do that on this blog (or in most word processors), highlight the text, then click on the big quotation-mark button in the toolbar:

    • Don’t forget the page citation!
    • Explain why you chose this quotation, why it is significant, what impact it has, etc.

b) When you finish a book

If you have finished a DEAR book, there is a different format for your entry

First: the author, title, and number of pages you have read.

Then, choose ONE of these options:

    • a description of one of the main characters, focusing on how the author describes this character and succeeds in bringing him or her to life
    • a discussion of one of the major themes of the story, focusing on how the author uses characters and events to develop the theme
    • an analysis of the author’s or narrator’s tone: his or her attitude toward the subject. Analysis of tone almost always involves a discussion of the author’s or speaker’s diction.
    • a discussion of ONE aspect of the writer’s style: imagery, use of dialogue, the narrator’s ‘voice’, diction, etc.
    • For non-fiction books: write about how the author makes his or her subject interesting and memorable, and what you learned from both the content of the book, and how it was written.

Finally, your personal response to the book.

Required:

    • At least one quotation from the book, used to illustrate some point you are making about the story or how it is written. Be sure to cite the page number of the quotation.

The whole journal entry should be at least 250 words long.

All DEAR entries should have the category “DEAR” ticked before you publish. If you forget, go back and un-tick the “Uncategorized” box, tick the “DEAR” box, and then update your blog entry.

For Year 10 Students

1. Reading Time

I will aim to give you about half a lesson for DEAR reading every Friday, if at all possible.

2. Blog Entries

Twice a month, around the 1st and the 15th, I want you to write a short entry about the DEAR book you are currently reading.

a) In the middle of a book

If you are in the middle of a book, all you have to do is choose one quotation from the book that you like, explain any background needed to understand it, and then explain why you like it. That’s all!

Details:

    • Identify the author and title.
    • Set up the quotation by explaining the context: who is speaking? what is the situation? Etc.
    • Share the quotation. If it is dialogue, or if it is a longer quotation, punctuate it exactly as it appears in the book, and then format it as a “blockquote”. To do that on this blog (or in most word processors), highlight the text, then click on the big quotation-mark button in the toolbar:

    • Don’t forget the page citation!
    • Explain why you chose this quotation, why it is significant, what impact it has, etc.

b) When you finish a book

If you have finished a DEAR book, I want you to write a blog entry in which you to explain

    • what sort of book it is
    • what sort of readers might enjoy it
    • who might not enjoy it
    • whether you liked it or not, and why

This end-of-book entry is IN ADDITION to the bi-monthly entries. For example, let’s say you begin reading a book on September 7th. On September 15th you write your first entry about it. On October 1st you write another one. On October 10th you finish the book and write your end-of-book blog entry. Then on October 15th you write your first entry about your new book.

A DEAR journal entry should be at least 250 words long.

All DEAR entries should have the category “DEAR” ticked before you publish. If you forget, go back and un-tick the “Uncategorized” box, tick the “DEAR” box, and then update your blog entry.

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