Books, Choice, and Self-Efficacy: Q4

Due date: Finish your book by Thursday, May 23. We will begin to work with them on that day.

By now, you’ve had a pair of lessons devoted to discussing and choosing a book to read during the fourth quarter. You’ve heard from your peers, gotten feedback from me, and begun the proposal process. This post is a chance to earn more points toward our current adversarial by posting your proposals and responding to your classmates.

First, a quick rundown:

  • You will commit to reading a book of your choice this quarter.
  • Your choice must be approved by me.
  • You’ll submit a proposal by 4/24.
  • The due date will be set once all proposals are approved.
  • You will write a reader-response essay after finishing your book.

Second, a few lengthier guidelines:

  • There will be no quizzes, tests, or analytical essays on this book, because we are continuing our focus on your reading lives and how you can learn to love reading again.
  • That second link—to John Holt’s article, “How Teachers Make Children Hate Reading”—should remind you that reading requires your investment; as he says, there are times when skipping sections or abandoning a book altogether is the reasonable decision.
  • You’ll be reflecting and monitoring your progress, so you’ll have a chance to discuss the novel with me and your peers even before you finish.
  • Remember that “book” does not just refer to full-length literary fiction (e.g., Of Mice and MenThe Invisible Man). I will post a list of some of the diverse titles chosen by you and your peers this week.

Third, the proposal format:

  1. Give the name of the book and the author.
  2. Write a brief description of the book. Keep the plot summary brief. You’ll probably want to include the kind of narrator for narrative books (if it’s a first-person or diary account), and you’ll want to indicate the subject matter if it’s an expository or argumentative text (e.g., Bill Simmons’ Big Book of Basketball works here).
  3. If you can, include a hyperlink to more information about the book. Wikipedia, Goodreads, and Amazon all work well. Here’s a guide to inserting hyperlinks into comments.
  4. Write a complete explanation of exactly why you are choosing this book. Don’t just summarize the plot; include how you chose this book, why you want to read it, and perhaps a bit about why other students may want to read it. Be specific.

After you’ve submitted your proposal in class, use the comments section here to type up your work and discuss this with each other.


24 thoughts on “Books, Choice, and Self-Efficacy: Q4

  1. My Quarter 4 Book Choice

    Title: Love, Lucy
    Author: Lucille Ball

    Summary: This book is about Lucy’s life and how she became the most successful comedian of all time.

    Why: I chose this autobiography because I truly love lucy. I grew up watching the reruns of “I Love Lucy” on television. I am one of her biggest fans. Watching “I Love Lucy” made me branch off to her other t.v series such as “Here’s Lucy” and “ The Lucy Show”. I am very excited to learn about her life even more than I already have . Her success is very interesting to me. All of the talent in the world, in my opinion, is decreasing. Great talents such as Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, and Elvis Presley are all gone. Lucy was a star and will be remembered always.

  2. The Zombie Survival Guide is a expository novel written by Max Brooks in which he tells the reader how to survive zombie apocalypse. He tells about the zombie and its strengths and weaknesses. He explains the weapons you should use and how to forage for food and medical situations. I believe that this is a good book for me to read because i have a great interest for zombies and this might answers that i have about them. I also have a few friends that have read the novel and said that is a good book and recommended it to me. Also i believe that there is some in our class that is reading World War Z which is another Max Brooks book that tells about a world that was devastated by a zombie apocalypse. I think that it would be cool to see the similarities and if anyone actually took his advice or read the survival guide and if his advice helped in the war against zombies. Another reason would be that this book is at my reading level and that we spent a lot of time this year doing this expository writing and it would be interesting to see how he formated his novel and his word choice and to see if it is similar to some of my writings that i have done this year. These are only some of the many reasons that i should be able to read The Zombie Survival Guide.

  3. The book am i going to read is The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemmingway. This book is about American and British expatriates who got go to watch the running of the bulls and bullfights in Pamplona. Its a love type story, however it is very realistic. It is not like modern day love books as Twilight that is very dramatic and not life like. It shows the real emotions of people and so on. I feel like i want to read this book because Ernest Hemmingway is a very, very good writer. I have read the book Islands in the Streams by Hemmingway and it was very good. I really enjoyed the way it was written and how the story was carried out. The Sun Also Rises has multiple good reviews by many different people and sources. By seeing all of these positive reviews, i figured it would be a good read. This book has also been used in many English classes and for a lot of assignments. I think it will be appropriate for class and a very good read.

  4. Chris Zazzero

    So after reading about twenty different book summaries, I have made the decision to read the book “Red China Blues.” The book is about a girl from Canada who believes that Communism, or in China’s term “Maoism” after Mao Zedong, is the style of government that would best fit a country in order for that country to be successful for many centuries after its formation. She leaves her family in Montreal to become part of Beijing University, where she thinks she will fall in love with the society and culture, but quickly realized that Maoism does not work for a country very well. After reading many positive reviews, along with hearing my sister’s positive feedback (who is studying to become a history teacher), I realized that this book could possibly be one that I might enjoy.

  5. Last Shot by John Feinstein

    Last Shot is a book about two kids who won a writing contest to be reporters at the Final Four. While there they overhear one of the star players being told to throw the championship game “or else.” They must stop them.
    I want to read this book mostly because it is about basketball and basketball is my favorite sport. I also really like mystery books because they are really interesting to me and this book is a mystery. Thats why I am reading this book.

  6. Sebastian Serafin
    Book Proposal

    I decided to go with the book Black Hawk Down. Billy May decided he was going to read it because he really liked it. I decided to look into it, partially because he said it was good, on Amazon on the preview section where it lets you read a couple of pages from the book to see if it interests you before you purchase it. I read into it a little bit and it is about modern warfare, and it seemed to interest me quite a bit. I looked into it in Wikipedia as well and read some reviews on it which said it was a good read. There is also a film version but the book is written by Mark Bowden and it is a historical non fiction book. I like to read a lot of realistic fiction but i think that it would be a good read to change and read something non fiction for a change to see if it interests me more than reading just fiction. I have read other books that are non fiction before and most of them I really liked such as Sunrise Over Fallujah which was also about modern warfare which was a good read. It was published in 1999 so it is only about 10 years old which is close to recent. Set in the Middle East, it tells a story of warfare on terrorism. I think it is about our year level to read and it has 320 pages. Overall it seems like a good read and I believe that I will enjoy it.

  7. After a difficult decision I decided to read Moby Dick. Moby Dick is a American classic. Although a difficult book, Moby Dick tells a interesting story about a sailor who loses his leg and eye from a sperm whale. After that encounter with the whale he spends the rest of his life hunting that specific whale. Although many people say there are boring parts of the book I believe the hunting parts overcome the boring parts. If you are worried about having trouble understanding the book all you need is time and dedication. If you put the effort in defining the vocab and comprehending the text Moby Dick should be a great read.

  8. Title: The House of The Scorpion
    Author: Nancy Farmer

    This book is about a kid named Matt, who struggles to understand his existence, he is threatened by a sinister cast of characters, including El Patrón’s power-hungry family, and he is surrounded by a dangerous army of bodyguards. Escape is the only chance Matt has to survive. But escape from the Alacrán Estate is no guarantee of freedom, because Matt is marked by his difference in ways he doesn’t even suspect.

  9. I chose to choose this Diary to read for the 4th quarters reading because i like to learn about the holocaust and when i was in the auditorium hearing the presentation on Rachel’s challenge the man speaking said that Anne Frank was her role model, and i wanted to read a little about her to know why she was her role model because Rachel was mine! Rachel was my role model because just like every other teenager in high school we all have our days where there is that one person who annoy us, or that one day we just want to yell, or one day we just want to give up, and yet Rachel put that aside everyday for the sake of everyone else’s happiness. She believed in the chain reaction of kindness, that as long as you do a small gesture of kindness maybe we would not have to experience these days of sadness. Because she believed this to the fullest and it worked for her i began thinking things differently and although the small acts of kindness may help someone else’s day from bad to good at least i made a difference that day, and because i made a positive difference, that somehow makes my day brighter. This relates to Anne Frank because although she did not know of the chain reaction no matter what was thrown at her when she was hiding, and all her friends and family are disappearing she tried her hardest to not make rude remarks or to show her sadness she was strong for the sake of others who were weak and needed her to lean on. She tried to look the best in her situation which really helped those who did not have those strong characteristics, allowing their days in hiding to become a little brighter.

    The Diary Of Anne Frank is about The entries dated from June 14th to July 5th are written in Anne’s home in Amsterdam, Holland, where she spends her last few weeks of freedom under almost normal circumstances. Anne, a fun-loving girl who enjoys life, has just turned thirteen. She writes about the various presents she was given for her birthday. From her father, she received a diary with a red-checkered cover; this special gift is her favorite present. She has decided to tell about her life in daily entries into the diary, knowing that “paper is more patient than man.” She hopes the diary will become a substitute for having a real friend and will make her feel less lonely; therefore, she calls the diary “Kitty.”Most of the opening entries give a brief history of Anne’s life. One of the early entries, dated June 20, 1942, explains how the conditions for Jewish people are worsening. As she writes in “kitty” she writes down everything going on or that occured that day, the day she goes into hiding or when the Jews must sew a star of David into all of their clothing so they could be recognized as Jews. With remarkable detachment and a seeming lack of emotion, she jots down the various restrictions put on Jews. This is just a brief summary of the Diary Of Anne Frank.

  10. I am reading the things they carried by Tim Obrien its about a platoon of american soilders in the vietnam war and how they lived and what they carried during the war. i picked this book because im interested in war books

  11. I decided to read the book called “Go Ask Alice” written by anonymous. This book is about a 15 year old girl who just recently moved into a new town. While living in this new town, the author is not very popular and so she decided to go to a party. When she is at this party, she plays a game called “Button, Button, who has the button?” this game involves alcohol, and her drink gets laced with something. After going to this party and getting her drink laced, she begins to go on a downward spiral and gets involved with drugs. I am not much of a reader but this book is written in diary, first person point of view form, and by being written like this I think it will be more enjoyable, and I feel like it would be more non-fictional and easier to read and connect with the writer.

  12. I have chosen to read the novel “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This book follows the life of a Yale graduate Nick Carraway who’s neighbors with this guy Jay Gatsby. And every Saturday Jay throws a party where he invites the “elite”. But despite his seemingly perfect life he still appears to the unhappy and unsatisfied. eventually he befriends Nick and tells him the story of his life. And about this women, Daisy, who he’s ultimately in love with.

  13. I have been reading the book “Black Hawk Down” by Mark Bowden. So far the book is fantastic. The amount of detail that is in the book is tremendous. And considering the book is based on a true story, it feels so real. The difficulty level on the book is not bad, there are some rough spots every now and then but overall its not that bad. I believe with every student, if you can pace yourself to read a book, you can read any book that is out there no matter how long it is.

    • I am reading the book called “Black Hawk Down” by Mark Bowden, this book was based on a true story back in the 90’s. Its probably obvious its about infantry war. So far this book is fabulous. The details in the book are great. I have seen that movie and the movie was great so I figured the book had to be better. The difficulty level is not that bad, but if your a student and you pace yourself to read a book any student at any level can read multiple types of books.

  14. The book I decided to read is Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. It tells an interesting tale about a sixteen year old boy, who goes through a family tragedy. The tragedy leads him to take a journey off the coast of Wales. He is then brought to an abandoned orphanage where his grandfather used to live, or so he says. He goes through the house and reveals the secrets of his grandfather and his life at the orphanage, as well as the orphanage in general. This book is super interesting and once i began reading it, I couldn’t put it down. It’s always something after another. I suggest this to anyone who likes creepy stories. The photographs that go along with the book are also very creepy, vintage, and old.

  15. The novel I chose to read is “The KIller Angels” by Micheal Shaara. The novel is about the Union Army fighting the Confederate Army at the Battle of Gettysburg. The battle itself is seen to be one of the bloodiest in Civil War history as well as one of the most important for the Union Army because if this battle was not won by the Union, the United States could have been separated into two independent countries.

    I chose this novel due to the outstanding reviews of the novel as well as the fact that the novel won the Pulitzer Prize in 1975 for fiction. The novel will also be able to give a different perspective on the battle because of it’s point of view. After visiting the battle filed itself under a week ago, I felt as if I needed to read this novel for myself to gain a sense of accomplishment and pride. The novel has not disappointed me so far!

  16. House Rules

    Jacob is a little who has aspergers syndrome. He has a police radio in his room and whenever a call comes in, jacob goes to the crime scene and acts as a spectator as the police do their work.

    I would really like to read this book because I think i would really like the theme and from all reviews I have read it seems like a good book. It does not sound like one of those put you to sleep boring books.

  17. I am reading World War Z because I read “Zombie Survival Guide” by the same author (Max Brooks) . I find ficticious zombie books interest me and I will not be able to put it down. I do not usually find books that interest me and I am finally happy that I have came across one. World War Z is a ficticious zombie book that interviews different people about their zombie expercies after a fallout zombies. Most of the world has been eradicated due to the zombies and the interviews were various people of every social class that had survived. The book is also a New York Times bestseller which means it is not only a popular book amoungst people who only like zombies, this could turn on more people to this topic.

  18. Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went from Street Corner to Corner Office
    By: Zack O’Malley Greenburg

    Jay Z went from dealing drugs to becoming a professional rapper. He literally “started from the bottom.” As a young adult, he had to make his own record company called Roc-A-Fella Records because no one would sign him. Today he is also known as a great businessman. One of few artists that have invested large amount of money for profits. Jay Z is also owner of the Brooklyn Nets. Jay Z grew up in Brooklyn, New York.

    *****Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner to Corner Office is a non-fiction book written by Zack O’Malley Greenburg, published in March 2011. The book is an unauthorized biography[1]of American rapper and businessman, Jay-Z, detailing his road to success in business and music. The title of the book is a reference to “Empire State of Mind”, a 2009 single by Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys. This is Greenburg’s first book.****** -WIKIPEDIA

    I chose this book because I like biographies. I have more interest in non-fiction, than fiction. I’ve seen some of Jay Z’s interviews and about how he’s made it to the top, where he’s at today. This is the first book I read about him. Another reason why I chose this book was because I’m hoping to expand my knowledge about him and I like his music.

  19. After plenty of thinking I think I have come to the final decision to read I Am Legend. This book contains multiple apocalyptic encounters with vampires with the main character Robert Neville who is fighting off hordes and trying to survive. He is the last surviving man on Earth who is immune to the disease spreading throughout the world. His wife even is affected by the disease and he has to kill her after she attempts to attack and kill him. This is a horror book from the 50’s that has a depressing story line but the novella itself interests me.

  20. Book: Eragon
    Author : Chris Paolini

    Why I chose the book: I chose this book because its the style of writing that I like to read and it was always an option that I like, I’ve read the book and the whole series in the past and really enjoyed it. Now I believe I will enjoy it just as much as I did before. Its a little bit of tougher read for some people and its a long book, but definitely worth it. Its a really interesting science fiction novel, he came up with the whole landscape from the book just by looking at his backyard. This is also interesting because it shows what a creative writer he is, and he is also very young so I feel like me and him have a lot in common, well when he was my age.

    Summary: The book is about a young farmer Eragon, whose mother died when he was very young and doesn’t know who his father is. He gets raised by his uncle on the farm, and one day while he was hunting discovered a dragon egg and ends up becoming a dragon rider (one of the last in existence because of the war that nearly wiped out all other dragons and their riders) He goes through many different experiences and many conflicts some which get resolved and some which are going to be resolved later on in the series. The sequels of this book are Eldest, Brisingr, and Inheritance.

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