Thursday, March 03, 2005

Spaghetti Book Club - Reviews by Kids for Kids


The Spaghetti Book Club has kids reviewing and sharing what they read.
-- Titles
-- Reviewers
-- Authors
-- School Groups - Started in USA, it also includes 12 other countries so far.
-- ClubHouse - They can start "conferences" here and hold online discussions. Looks like this is done within a school class. Nice for kids to learn about one another through sharing their interest in books.
-- Literacy Links - not yet up and running, but I expect that to lead to partnerships for them.
-- About
" During the program, students:
* read books
* engage in book talks
* discuss the elements of a book review
* read and discuss reviews from the Spaghetti Book Club web site
* write group reviews to practice writing summaries,
opinions and recommendations
* work on their own reviews
* read their reviews for feedback from their peers
* publish their reviews on the Spaghetti Book Club website
The Spaghetti Book Club helps students develop critical reading and writing skills by providing them with a meaningful context in which they learn how to think critically about the books they read; engage in reflective dialogue with teachers and peers; express their opinions and reactions in conversation and writing; and write for an intended audience. At the end of the project, it is quite a thrill for the students to see their work published on the web! "


If you're interested in knowing more, contact Julie Rosemarin, the Founder and Executive Director: staff@spaghettibookclub.org

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