RECOMMENDED READING

SOME OF YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN THIS BOOK:

I AM MALALA

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When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was 15, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At 16, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

I AM MALALA will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.

 

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C1 – READING…just published

dr sleepRight now, the most talked-about release is DOCTOR SLEEP, the sequel to Stephen King’s 1977 classic, THE SHINING, that answers the burning question, “Whatever happened to Danny Torrance?” Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel, a now-middle-aged Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an Alcoholics Anonymous community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant shining power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Then Dan meets Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival.

lowlandTen years after the release of her Pulitzer Prize-winning debut novel Jhumpa Lahiri returns with her second novel, THE LOWLAND. Two brothers born in Calcutta during World War II share a close childhood but separate from one another as adults. Subhash, the older, quieter brother, moves to the US to study marine chemistry. Udayan, the younger and more volatile, stays in India and becomes active in the Naxalite Communist movement. The circumstances that draw them apart and eventually bring their families together form the drama of THE LOWLAND. Reviewer Michael Magras calls the book “one of the most beautiful novels I have ever read. To reveal the details of the plot would spoil the pleasure, but Lahiri fans shouldn’t be surprised to learn that the novel is packed with beautiful, deceptively simple sentences and perceptive observations about American life.” It’s longlisted for the National Book Award and shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

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NA-1 SOME MORE BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS…

IN CASE YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A BOOK TO READ AND THINK THE PREVIOUS LIST WAS RATHER SHORT, TAKE A LOOK IN THE DROP BOX FOLDER (ADVANCED 1) TO SEE SOME MORE RECOMMENDATIONS. MOST OF THESE ARE AVAILABLE AT “THE BOOK DEPOSITORY”. GOOD PRICES…FREE DELIVERY…AND FAST SERVICE. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO GO THERE:

 

RECOMMENDED BOOKS AND AUTHORS FOR NA1 STUDENTS

THE FOLLOWING IS JUST A SHORT LIST OF BOOKS OTHER STUDENTS HAVE READ AND ENJOYED.

OTHER TITLES BY THE SAME AUTHORS ARE ALSO RECOMMENDED.

 
AUTHOR …………………………..TITLE
Adiga, Aravind ……………….The White Tiger
Bennett, Alan …………………The Uncommon Reader
Capote, Truman ……………..Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Chevalier, Tracy …………….Girl with a Pearl Earring
Collins, Suzanne ……………..The Hunger Games
Golden, Arthur………………. Memoirs of a Geisha
Harris, Joanne ……………….Chocolat
Highsmith, Patricia …………The Talented Mr Ripley
Hornby, Nick ………………..How to be Good, About a Boy, High Fidelity, etc
Ishiguro, Kazuo …………….The Remains of the Day
McCall Smith, A. …………..The Number 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
Tan, Amy ……………………..The Joy Luck Club
Jobs, Steve………………….. Autobiography

2nd Reading Assignment NI-1 and NA-2 2011 – GLOGSTER

Any of you know about “Glogster”? It’s a social network which allows you to create interactive posters and upload them to your blogsite or webpage. You can insert text, images, photos, audio (MP3), videos, special effects and other elements into your glog to generate a multimedia online creation.  Glogs can also be exported and saved to computer-compatible formats. It is fantastic!

Here’s an example from one of my previous year’s students. THERE ARE A LOT MORE ON THE STUDENT BLOG, IF YOU NEED INSPIRATION. JUST WRITE THE WORD GLOGSTER IN THE SEARCH BOX AT THE TOP OF THE BLOG AND CLICK ON THE ENTRIES THAT APPEAR TO SEE MORE GLOGSTERS.

Here is a tutorial so you can see how it’s done.

(Click here if you need a tutorial by Marisa in Spanish.)

YOUR TASK is to make one of these about the book

your are reading. You will have to use it to give a presentation of

MAXIMUM 5 MINUTES.

ALTERNATIVE FOR THOSE STUDENTS WHO THINK THIS IS TOO DIFFICULT FOR THEM – you can do a presentation of the same length without using this tool! (You may use a Powerpoint Presentation if you wish, but bear in mind that the school computer HAS ONLY “OPENOFFICE”.) Alternatively, ou may bring your own laptops for the presentation to avoid any incompatibilty problems – we have all the necessary cables in the classroom for sound and projecting images.

Another option is to use PREZI http://prezi.com/ a fabulously entertaining and visually stimulating online presentation creator. You can create and save your presentation online – NO MORE PENDRIVES OR INCOMPATIBILITIES! CLICK ON THE PIC TO GO TO THE SITE AND LEARN HOW IT’S DONE!

PRESENTATION DATES ARE THE FINAL WEEK BEFORE THE EASTER HOLIDAYS 14th and 19th APRIL FOR TUESDAY/THURSDAY GROUPS, AND 18th and 20th APRIL FOR MONDAY/WEDNESDAY GROUPS.

MAKE SURE YOU SIGN UP TO RESERVE THE DAY AFTER FALLAS.

Acknowledgements: , Marisa, for allowing me to use your idea!

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