For those of you who are regular visitors to our little corner of the blogosphere, welcome back. For those of you who may be visiting us for the first time…a SMS Guys Read welcome to you all.
For the next few weeks our school, nay our community, will be participating in a really cool event know as Salem Reads. Each year we pick a novel that our whole school community can read and discuss. That means as many teachers, students, couselors, coaches, media specialists, principals, and even parents as we can we want involved. How cool to have read a book that so many people around you have also read and can talk about. This year we have decided to use Newbery winner Neil Gaiman as our jumping off point and choose his creepy little novella, Coraline.
Starting today Salem will begin reading, and for some of us, rereading this great little story. Over the next few weeks we will use both the school and this blog to have discussions about the book and all things related.
The media center is currently chock full of Scholastic Book Fair books, including a hefty pile of very reasonably priced Coraline novels. Students should really think about letting the poster of Eli Manning, the red Porche and the silly two foot long bendy pencil go and pick up a Coraline novel instead. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
So we read and we discuss and we participate in lunch activities for the next little while and then on March 13, which just happens to be a Friday, we all meet at the school for a creepy, evening with Coraline. Many more details about that night of shenanigans to come.
For a lot of students this may be the first time you have commented on a blog. Come on in the cyber water is fine. When commenting, just remember a few things.
First all comments are moderated by me and that means I check them before they are published online. Please remember this is a school activity and all comments need to be school appropriate.
Second, you should never use your full name online. Think about using just your first name or even better come up with a cool alter ego. I go by Rowdy Roddy Piper (only the greatest WWF wrestler of the 1980s) as mine.
Third, let's try to get a really good online conversation going. That means read other comments and reply to them directly. Ask thought provoking questions and challenge other readers. If you do it well then we can have a lot of fun discussing and debating this novel.
So I will begin with a few choice questions to start us off. Think of a response and hit that comment button. Think of a new question and get it posted.
What do you think of the Salem Reads idea? Do you think you will read the book? Have you already read the book? Do you have any favorite characters? Did you see the movie? Was it any good?
Take a stab at any or all of the above questions. Come back daily and see what is new. Here we go Salem…let's read Coraline!!!