After reading and annotating EACH individual chapter in Seedfolks, you are going to complete a response journal via a Google Template. In order to do so, you must complete the following steps:

1.) Have two tabs opened: One tab for the wiki and one tab for your LPS Google Apps for Education Account

2.) Click on this link: Seedfolks Response Journal Template

3.) When you see the Seedfolks Response Journal Google Template, follow these steps:
  • Click Use This Template
  • Click on File and then on Make a copy...
  • You will be asked "Would you like to create a new copy of this document?" Click on OK and ignore the optional box
  • Rename the document by clicking on the current document name, which you will see on the left of the screen. The document's current name is "Copy of Seedfolks Response Journal." Click on it and the Rename box will pop up. Here's how you will name each response journal: Begin with your first, middle, and last initial; include a space; include Seedfolks Response Journal; include a colon; and then include the name of the chapter you're working on from Seedfolks. For example: MLT Seedfolks Response Journal: Kim

3.) Now that the Google Template has been saved into to your own files, you may begin working on the template. It would be best to delete the provided lines, and then use as much space as you need to complete each question. DO NOT forget about the notes we reviewed regarding Short Constructed Responses (SCRs). If you somehow forgot about these notes, you can access the document below and reread them!

external image msword.png Answering Guide for SCRs.doc

4.) When you have completed your Google Template response journal, follow these steps:
  • Make sure your document is Saved
  • Find the Share button and click on the down arrow next to it
  • Click on Publish to the Web...
  • Keep the "Publish to the Web: Control Publishing" window just the way it is and click the Start Publishing button
  • A pop up will appear and it will ask "Are you sure you want to publish this document?," click the OK button
  • Highlight the entire code that has appeared in the Document Link box and then right-click Copy
  • Click the Close box in the corner of this pop-up window

5.) Open your student page on the wiki and click on the link you made for your Seedfolks Page, and then follow these steps:
  • Click on the Edit tab
  • Click on Link
  • Click the middle option, which is External Link
  • Right-click Paste the document link into the Address box, which is the SECOND box
  • Title the Link Text box with the document title and character's name. For example: Seedfolks Response Journal: Kim
  • Click the New Window box
  • Click Add Link
  • Save your page

6.) Memorize ALL of these steps because you will be doing this for ALL thirteen characters of Seedfolks!

Step 1
Getting Started
Book Pass Template
Shelfari Link

This is a shared document that needs to be organized in your personal Book Clubs Collection.
Step 2
Getting Organized
Book Club Organization Template

This is a shared document that needs to be organized in your personal Book Clubs Collection.
Step 3
Pre-Reading Activity
Pre-Reading Book Club Activity Template

Post your pre-reading responses on the blog (Toland's Talkers) once your group has answered all five questions.
Steps to Complete Throughout Book Club Meetings
Book Club Templates and Forms
Book Club Thinking Form

You'll need to make a new copy of the Book Club Thinking Form for each meeting. Replace "Copy of Toland" with "Meeting #___" when you're renaming the document.

Facilitator Role Sheet

This document should be organized in your personal Book Clubs Collection and used whenever you are the facilitator during the book club meetings. It contains all of the guidelines for the book club meetings.

Questioning Guide Template

Use this document to create a question at all six levels of thinking when you're completing #4 on the Book Club Thinking Form prior to each book club meeting.

The following documents will help you when you're at home completing book club work:

external image msword.png Book Club Annotation Bookmark.doc
external image msword.png 7th Grade Literary Elements_Devices_Terms List.doc
external image msword.png Literary Conflict Definitions.doc
external image msword.png Why Annotate Guide.doc
Post-Meeting Tasks
Final Round
Google Groups Discussion Forum

Click on the following link to access the Book Club Google Groups for our threaded discussion:

Post-Meeting Reflections

As a group respond to the following questions in a shared Google Doc first, so that all group members get a chance to contribute their thoughts.

The Facilitator for Meeting #4 should copy the completed reflection from the Google Doc and then post it on the Google Groups forum. Find your book title and the words "Final Reflection" right after it. This is the post you will REPLY to, but you DO NOT create a new post yourself!

Respond to the following prompts in complete sentences:

Novel Title:
Group Members: (no last names...only last initials)
Class Period:

Meetings and Collaboration Work:
  1. What did you enjoy most about running the book club meetings?
  2. Should the person facilitating the meeting change for each meeting in the future or should one person always be the Facilitator? Be specific and explain your thinking.
  3. What types of annotations did your group experiment with during this book club unit? What are the advantages and disadvantages to the following annotation types: (1) sticky notes, (2) annotation bookmarks, (3) annotation journals.
  4. What do you think should change regarding the format of the book club meetings for our next round? Be specific and explain your thinking.
  5. What do you think about having four total meetings? Is that too many, not enough, or just right? How much time should pass between meetings? Be specific and explain your thinking. Make sure you provide suggestions if you would prefer more meeting times or less.

Novel Thoughts:
  1. Overall, what did you enjoy the most about your book club novel?
  2. Overall, what did the group connect with the most: (1) a character, (2) the setting, (3) a situation, (4) the outcome of a situation, (5) something else?
  3. What bothered, irritated, confused, or upset you about your book club novel?
  4. Were you satisfied with the ending of your book or do you feel like the book left you hanging? Be specific and make suggestions regarding what you would have liked to have seen happen, what questions you still don't have answered, what predictions you have regarding the rest of the characters and their lives, etc. If there was a sequel to your book, what is the one thing you would want to know about a character or situation in your book?
  5. If you were to recommend this book to a classmate, create the criteria that would best describe the person who is meant to read the book. Use the same format as the following example. My Sister's Keeper is written for the reader who is emotionally connected to his/her books, sympathetic, compassionate, open-minded, and interested in the deep ties of family connectivity.
Wordle Clouds
Create a Wordle Cloud to Represent the Main Ideas and Themes of Your Book Club Novel
  • Here's what you need to accomplish:
    1. You are going to create a shared document with your Book Club group and title it Wordle.
    2. Together, type up all of the words you can think of that represent the main ideas and themes of your book. Remember, how Wordles work, the more often you type a word, the larger it will appear on your Wordle Cloud.
    3. Each of you will copy the list into and create your own Wordle Cloud.
    4. Follow these directions for uploading your own Wordles to your own wiki pages.

  • How to add a Wordle Cloud to your Book Club page:
    • Your Wordle Cloud will appear and there will be several changes you are welcome to make regarding the font, color, and alignment of the cloud.
    • In order to capture the image of your Wordle Cloud, follow the next few steps:
      • Click on "View" and use the "Zoom Out" feature until you can see your entire Wordle on the screen without having to scroll up or down
      • Press the "Prt Sc" button
      • Click on "Select Area to Grab"
      • Click on "Take Screen Shot"
      • Use the "+" symbol to click and drag over the entire Wordle Cloud
      • Upon finishing this, the saving screen will appear
      • Name your file your First Name and then use the word Wordle, "MelissaWordle"
      • Your file will save as a .png file and you want to save it to the Desktop

  • From the wiki:
    • Go back to your Student Page, click on your Book Club Page link, and go to "Edit."
    • Go to "File," "Upload Files," from "Desktop," find your Wordle file, and double click on it.
    • When your file appears on the uploading screen, double click on it, and it will appear on your wiki page.
    • Save your wiki page.

Book Clubs Round Two
We're ending the school year with two forms of shared reading experiences. (1) You will embrace a whole class novel unit with the text, Night, in the classroom. Together, we'll discuss the historical context, emotional turmoil, and influential power a text of such magnatitude has on us as readers as well as the world at large. (2) You will also read a small group, shared text outside of class. Some groups will continue with the current thematic study in class, and others will read from the selections offered during the last round of book clubs. In small groups, you will experience your text together through collaboration, thought-provoking questions, and enjoyable discussions.
In order to prepare for your book club meetings, the Google Doc we created in class outlines everything you need to do. For each book club meeting, you will make a "copy" of your "Book Club Round 2 Document" Google doc and complete the various levels of questioning to bring to the discussion. You do not need to print your document, but you do need to file it away in your "Book Club Collection." For ease and organization, carefully follow all of the steps below:

Preparing for Book Club Meetings:
  1. Open up your "Book Club Round 2 Document" Google Doc and determine how many pages you need to read before your meeting.
  2. Figure out how you are going to annotate your thinking while you're reading. Are you going to use sticky notes, book marks, or an annotation journal?
  3. After you've read your section for the meeting, open your "Book Club Round 2 Document" Google Doc. Go into "File" and select "Make a Copy."
  4. When your new copy pops up, rename it like this "Meeting #1 Book Club Round 2 Document." Organize this new document into your "Book Club" collection.
  5. Create a thought-provoking question for all six levels of Bloom's taxonomy that you would like to ask your group members during your meeting.
  6. Before coming to school the day of your meeting, make sure you have 1.) your book, 2.) all of the necessary reading accomplished, 3.) your annotations, and 4.) your Google Doc completed for the discussion.

Meeting Dates:

  1. Meeting #1 needs to cover approximately 1/3 of the book on April 27, 2011
  2. Meeting #2 needs to cover approximately 2/3 of the book on May 4, 2011
  3. Meeting #3 needs to cover the rest of the book on May 11, 2011

Night by Elie Wiesel