I’ve never done this sort of thing before – this “book club on a blog” thing – so please forgive if it’s seeming a little choppy and disjointed. I’m doing the best I can in uncharted territory.
My question to you is this – where are all of you in the novel? I’ve asked my kids to read through chapter 15 for Monday, and I may give them a “reading day” on Monday, to boot, just so they can catch up if they’re behind. I’ve got a couple of blog readers who are trying to figure out what they can comment on; they don’t want to give away anything that others haven’t read yet, so I want to get a sense of where we all are in the reading.
I also want to know if you would like some guiding questions. I’ve refrained from offering discussion suggestions for a number of reasons; I do it all day in school and I often don’t feel like doing it at home; we’re all adults here (well, MOST of the time!) and I’m really interested in what you think is important or interesting enough to talk about without any input from me and finally, I recognize my tendency, as an English teacher, for overanalyzation of literature – I often just can’t help myself – and you might not be so inclined. If you WANT me to throw out a question or a topic for discussion, let me know and I’ll be more than happy to oblige. Please know, though, that YOU can throw topics/questions/comments out for general consumption, too.
In a couple of days, when we’ve had some more conversations about what we’ve read thus far, I’ll post an entry about some of the conversations I’ve had with the AP kids. I’ll likely be looking for advice about keeping those conversations going, and about what a meaningful tactic for assessment might be, so please keep those questions in your mind as you continue to read.