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Drop Everything and Read

Leon Weatherstone

on 18 April 2010

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Drop Everything and Read Michael J. Fox's first book describes his onset of symptoms and how they affected his work on the TV show "Spin City". Fox reassures his reader that he is now a better and happier person than he was before his diagnosis. This book is witty and intelligent and urges Parkinson's patients to continue their lives with a positive outlook on life. Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones is the compelling story of a girl caught in the throes of war on the island of Bougainville. It is through the guidance of a most beloved mother and teacher that Matilda survives but more importantly, through her connection with Pip. A fictional creation from the mind of Charles Dickens himself, Pip helps Matilda maintain a desire to live, especially after her mother, the wise Mr. Watts, and her island cease to exist.

Liesel Meminger is a young girl who has been placed in foster care by her mother. Liesel's brother dies en route to their new home and this leaves Liesel traumatized, causing her to have terrible nightmares in the middle of the night. Liesel's foster father begins teaching her to read on these nights to distract her from her pain. Liesel learns to turn to books for comfort. When the war begins, comfort becomes a rare state of mind, so Liesel finds ways to seek it out. Liesel begins to steal books in her efforts to deal with the cruelty of the world around her. In the 70's in Afghanistan, Amir and Hassan are raised together in Amir's father house, playing and kitting on the streets of a peaceful Kabul.

Amir feels that his wise and good father Baba blames him for the death of his mother in the delivery, and also that his father loves and prefers Hassan to him. In return, Amir feels a great respect for his father's best friend Rahim Khan, who supports his intention to become a writer.

After Amir winning a competition of kitting, Hassan runs to bring a kite to Amir, but he is beaten and Amir witnesses the assault but does not help the loyal Hassam.

In 1979, the Russians invade Afghanistan and Baba and Amir escape to Pakistan.

In 1988, they have a simple life in California. Amir meets Soraya and they get married.

In 2000, after the death of Baba, Amir is a famous novelist and receives a phone call from an old friend forcing Amir to return to Peshawar, in Pakistan, in a journey of redemption. Young Bruno lives a wealthy lifestyle in prewar Germany along with his mother, elder sister, and SS Commandant father. The family relocates to the countryside where his father is assigned to take command a prison camp. A few days later, Bruno befriends another youth, strangely dressed in striped pajamas, named Shmuel who lives behind an electrified fence. Bruno will soon find out that he is not permitted to befriend his new friend as he is a Jew, and that the neighboring yard is actually a prison camp for Jews awaiting extermination. British teenager, Georgia Nicolson, struggles to cope with her family and school. She worries about her body and takes drastic measures. Through a series of adventures, she and her best friend, Jas, find love with two brothers. She thinks her life is perfect, until her mother announces that they are leaving for another country. The story takes place in the South Africa of Courtenay's youth, an incredible and majestic land that has experienced many different cultural and racial divisions and tensions.

Into this land, a young boy is born and grows up affected by the different cultures around him, including both Boer and his own English heritage, and by the colored people of South Africa, including Indians and the various African tribal groups including the Zulu, Swazis, Sangaans, and Ndebele.
Jane is 12 years old, and she is ready for adventures, to move beyond the world of her siblings and single mother and their house by the sea, and step into the “know-not what.” And, over the summer, adventures do seem to find Jane, whether it’s a thrilling ride in a hot-air balloon, the appearances of a slew of possible fathers, or a weird new friendship with a preacher and psychic wannabe. Most important, there’s Jane’s discovery of what lies at the heart of all great adventures: that it’s not what happens to you that matters, but what you learn about yourself.
DEAR Reading for pleasure Reading aloud Sharing stories Reading to build relationships OBJECTIVES encourage students to read widely for pleasure and information allow students to develop their comprehension skills and extend their vocabulary in accordance with the School’s Literacy Policy encourage more frequent use of the library by students provide teacher and peer role models to promote reading for pleasure PROCEDURES Each student must bring appropriate reading material, eg. books (including fiction and non-fiction, picture books and graphic novels), acceptable magazines, newspapers, prescribed texts for senior students. No writing should take place, including: homework, workbooks, diaries, notes, letters Each student must be silent unless engaged in an “out loud” reading activity approved by the teacher.
Teachers must be prepared to read during the roll call period Roll call teachers are encouraged to read aloud to their classes at least once a week. Roll teachers may organise for students in the class to read aloud to the rest of the class. Teachers may pull aside a “reading group” for this purpose while the remainder of the class read silently. The English Faculty will provide a booklet of reading samples that staff may read aloud to students if they choose Students who fail to bring reading material on three occasions in a timetable cycle are to be sent to the relevant Head Teacher who will assist students in finding appropriate reading materials The School Librarian will support the reading scheme by visiting classes on a rotational basis every reading session. The Librarian will encourage use of the library, book borrowing and assist students who no longer have an active library borrowing card Once per term, the Librarian will present a PowerPoint presentation to students on assembly to promote new resources that are available Reading to inspire Imagining new worlds Laughing Understanding others Broadening horizons POLICY RESOURCES Drop Everything and Read Imagining other worlds
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