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Welcome to the Library Blog! My name is Mrs. Elizabeth Fanning and I am Waldorf's School Librarian and Media Specialist. You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
This past Monday in book club we had a very special treat!
After reading "A Long Walk For Water " by Linda Sue Park. We were very lucky to be able to have one of our very own students come and talk to use about what she has learned about the difficulties that many African villages face in collecting water for their families.
Empress Helwig (12th Grade) gave a wonderful presentation and brought with her, the Hippo Water Roller that she built using the plans of South African inventors, Mr. Pettie Petzer and Johan Jonker. This invention changed the lives of many African Villages. Instead of walking multiple times a day to a watering hole miles away with a 5 gallon jug on their heads (As Nya, the character in our story did), they could now make one trip a WEEK and collect 23 Gallons! Since water collection was mainly a womans job, and occupied most of their time, they now were able to attend schools and get an education.
Thank you Empress for donating your time and your knowledge to our Club! You really managed to bring the events of our story to life, and show us what people are doing to improve conditions all over Africa.
Hello Book Clubbers!
This week we were not able to meet due to parent/teacher conferences. We should have been up to page 130. Unfortunately NEXT Week will be CANCELLED as well. So when we see each other again on Monday the 17th, you should be up to page 260. That should be nearing the end of the book. I look forward to seeing you guys then and talking about all the things we missed!!
This week we finished "A Long Walk for Water" by Linda Sue Park. Thank you all for your wonderful contributions to the discussion. You all had such diverse points of view. I really enjoyed discussing the elements of the book that you liked or disliked as well as how you tied the events of the book to a larger and deeper meaning.
I am excited to be working on our Bulletin Board project together, and look forward to sharing this book with the rest of the school.
I am very impressed with all of you and look forward to our next meeting about our new book!
Speaking OF...... Our new book IS...
So B. It
By Sarah Weeks
This book is about a 12 year old girl named Heidi, whose mother is mentally disabled. She and her mother are cared for by their neighbor Bernadette who is afraid to leave her home. So Heidi's world is very small. She learns everything she needs to know from Bernadette and her books, but doesn't know anything about who she is or where she came from. This is a novel of self discovery, of growing up, and loving people for who they are and what they have to offer.
For next week please read up to page 64. We will discuss the first part of the book and continue work on our bulletin board!
See you MONDAY!!
I hope you had a wonderful Columbus day! For this coming Monday, please complete the book. We will discuss our thoughts surrounding the ending as well as choose a new book for our next few weeks. I am really excited to talk to you all now that you have read "Long Walk For Water" in it's entirety. There was a really nice twist!!
Last week, I was beyond impressed with our conversation. We talked about the hope and encouragement that Salva's uncle was able to give him in this one simple sentence.
"Do you see that group of bushes? You need only to walk as far as those bushes. Can you do that, Salva Mawien Dut Ariik?"
This one simple statement carried Salva, from those bushes, to the next rock, and the next, and the next, all the way to America. You are all so insightful in how you apply that saying to your own lives.
There was also a passage in the book about an old man who was able to sniff out the honeybees and fruit in order to find them all something to eat. We talked about how amazing it was that he was able to do this and thought that maybe it was because where he lived, they foraged for honey often, giving him the oportunity to develop this ability. This lead us into a discussion about what special abilities we have developed from our own culture. We talked about how some of us are very good at growing food and others have developed the ability to tune out street noise. Some can not taste preservatives and High Fructose Corn Syrup because it is in almost everything they eat while others have developed the ability to taste and avoid these elements. Others have developed abilities to help protect them from allergies as well, such as sniffing out peanuts and other allergens.
It has been very interesting exploring another culture and another world with you. As one of you so aptly said "I like that this book tells you about a different part of the world instead of a typical American school." Well I agree my friends, and I look forward to many more adventures with you.
We were a small group yesterday because the 5th Grade is in Glenbrook. Their contributions were missed and we look forward to having them back next week!
This week we read up to page 50. The chapters were packed with many ups and downs as Salva and Nya experienced the world of Sudan. This brought up conversations about the cultural differences between the children of America and the Children of the small villages like the ones that Slava and Nya belong to. Even though children are very similar all around the world, their experiences, needs, and desires are very different. We thought about how in America, electricity and water are something we expect, as well as toy stores! But for Salva and Nya life is very different. They have to collect their water everyday, and they hope for enough food. Their wishes are for safety, food, and being with their families rather than the newest toy that has just hit the market shelves. It was a really interested day.
The reading assignment for next week is page 75. This is only 25 pages for the week. This will give the 5th grade a chance to catch up.
Remember to write down a few comments or questions you would like to talk about when we see each other, and pack yourself an extra snack!
See you all on MONDAY!!
Hello my fellow readers!!
It was so wonderful seeing you all on Monday. I look forward to our next meeting and hearing what all of you have to say.
Monday we talked about Sudan, Africa and how in the 1980's many of their villages were attacked for oil, or other resources. Many of these boys, were separated from their families and had to find their own way to safety.
We then read the first few pages of the novel and discovered some very interesting things about the Sudanese culture both in the 80's and in the 2000's. We learned that Nya (2008) walks back and forth to the watering hole twice a day to get water for her family. This takes all day and is her only task. When we meet Salva (1985), he is sitting in the classroom describing his surroundings before the attack. This brought up an interesting question. When does Nya go to school if she is walking back and forth from the watering hole each day? Our group had a wonderful discussion about different cultures and the roles of boys and girls in those cultures, as well as the changes that have taken place in our own culture since the times when women often stopped going to school at a certain age (or never went) in order to learn how to care for the home. I was very impressed with the thoughts of our group, since all I did was ask when Nya went to school, and the rest was all your own thoughts.
I am looking forward to hearing what you have to say next time we see each other.
Remember, there is no book club next week, as I will be away.
For our next meeting, please read up to page 50. DO NOT READ AHEAD! I know you are could all finish this book in two weeks, but it is important that we stay together in the reading and get to talk about what happens. Stopping in the right place is just as much part of the assignment as reading it.
See you all on the Monday September 29th!!
Welcome Back Everyone!!
I hope you had a wonderful summer! Now that school has started, so will our Fall Book Club. All students from 5th grades up, are invited to participate. I am so excited to see some of my old friends, and to have some new ones join us as well!
Our first book will be "A Long Walk For Water" By Linda Sue Park. In this book we will follow the adventures of two children living in the same place during two different times. The first is a little boy living in Sudan in 1985. The Second is a little girl from a neighboring tribe in 2008. It's a wonderful story about the the resilience of these young people as they triumph over the trials of African living and use their experiences to give back to their community.
Sign ups will begin next week.
Our first meeting will take place on September 15th in the Miller Library.
See you then!!!
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In honor of our conversations during Faculty Development Day, I ordered some of the books mentioned by our guest speaker, Eddie Moore.
The new titles include:
The White Racial Frame: By Joe Faegin
The Debt: By Randall Robinson
The Color of our Future: By Farai Chideya
Mixed: By Andrew Garrod
Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: By Joy Degruy
Waking up White: Debby Irving
Just reminder that we WILL be having book club this coming Monday.
Please read up to the Chapter entitled "Los Aguacates: Avocados"
It's been a while since we met and I am looking forward to hearing what you all have to say!
See you soon,
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