Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation If I could save one book... - Section 2: Opening Question


This project was inspired by a YouTube video that I stumbled on while looking for footage related to banned books.  In the video, a librarian from Canada (Ottawa, I believe) talks about the book that she would save, if she "could only save one book."

This made me think about my students and wonder how many of them feel strongly about a particular book.  My 3/4 class, in particular, claims to "hate" reading, writing, and books. (And, yes, gentle reader, it is an "Honors" class.)  So, part of my thought process involved trying to get them to save a book...and maybe through that process, they will remember a time when they loved to read.

I can't remember a time in my life when I didn't love books and reading.  For me, it is equal parts escape and exploration.  It makes me sad when I have students who have lost their curiosity and who think books are things to be endured.

If I could save one  I couldn't save just one.  I would have to make five movies, at least.  If I could save ten books, they would be...Just Kids by Patti Smith; The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac; Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin (a true guilty pleasure, plus I am cheating here by choosing the Omnibus); Franny and Zooey by Salinger; and A Moveable Feast by Hemingway.  Or, should I choose....

  If I could save one, I mean five, books....
  Intrinsic Motivation: If I could save one, I mean five, books....
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If I could save one book...

Unit 11: Censorship in 2013: Gearing up for Banned Books Week
Lesson 4 of 5

Objective: SWBAT develop arguments in support of their "favorite" books and develop commercials in support of their selections.

Big Idea: If you could only save one book, which one would you choose?

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English / Language Arts, books, debate, Banned Books, censorship
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