Thank you for your interest in joining the Norwood Park Parent Book Club. If you are still interested in participating, please follow the steps below. Please note, that while the first meeting will be held at school, the option to change locations for the November meeting will be discussed.
Steps for joining our Parent Project LIT Book Club
Texts as Windows & Mirrors (W/M)
Annotating is a way to track our thinking and our experience with a text. When preparing a text for a discussion, it is helpful to take notes & mark important passages. There are many different types of annotations; W/M is often associated with units that revolve around cultural identity, tolerance and social justice. Your student will annotate for W/M at least once during their middle school years and this will give you an opportunity to understand W/M first hand. The idea behind WMB is that as we are reading, we experience the text through two different lenses: as a window or a mirror. It is possible to experience both in varying degrees and even simultaneously. Here is a basic overview of these lenses:
Texts that are windows give as an opportunity to see into someone else’s experiences. These texts help us understand others.
The text is a reflection of our own experience(s) and we can see ourselves in the text. These texts help us understand ourselves & our own experiences.
How do I take annotations as I read?
There is no wrong way! Do what works best for you. Here are some options to help you get going.
1) Use sticky notes to mark places where you find a window or mirror.
2) When you encounter a window or mirror in the text, use a sticky note to leave a detailed note why this was a window or mirror to you.
I look forward to our first meeting. Happy Reading!
Book Club Dates
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
A Long Way Down Jason Reynolds
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Do I have to read the book to participate in the book club?
Absolutely not! However, I hope that parents will come having read the book or leave running to the bookstore to get their own copy.
Question: Will my student read the novels we read?
Maybe. Students are already reading novels by these authors (Jason Reynolds is a prolific middle school/high school writer) or novels that cover similar themes.
Question: What will we do at each book club?
Our book club will be divided into 3 parts: a mini lesson on literary elements & devices, an in-depth conversation of the novel read, and an activity to create a stronger connection with the novels read.
Question: Can we pick different books?
If we choose to continue our book club after the winter break, we can select our remaining books off the Project LIT 2018-2019 list.
Question: I think my neighbor would love to join but they don’t have a student currently in middle school. Can they join?
Ms. Cuvalo says: All parents of current Norwood Park students & graduates are welcome.