Book Circles

Rather than a traditional read and report...I thought we could have meaningful, interactive, small & large group discussions about some great books that pertain to our curriculum! The goal is to introduce you to cultures and ideas outside of your comfort zone. You may select a book that either focuses on introducing you to a different culture or global idea OR focuses on the ability of an individual to bring about change. Your books must take you to different regions of the world, and may not be books you've read in an English course previously. I encourage you to seek out areas and events in which you have a genuine interest. The books below are only suggestions, you're welcome to look beyond this list.

Potential titles for our book circles include:

Book 1 -

Q&A (Slumdog Millionaire) - Vikas Swarup
//White Tiger// or //Last Man in Tower// or Between the Assassinations- Aravind Adiga
Behind the Beautiful Forevers - Katherine Boo
//Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood// - Marjane Satrapi
The Bookseller of Kabul - Asne Seierstad
Thousand Splendid Suns or //The Kiterunner// or And the Mountains Echoed - Khaled Hosseini
Long Way Gone - Ishmael Beah
Beasts of No Nation - Uzodinma Iweala
They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky: The Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan - B. Ajak, B. Deng, A. Deng, J. Bernstein
//Chanda's Secrets// - Allan Stratton
//How Soccer Explains the World// - Franklin Foer

Book 2-

Mountains Beyond Mountains - Tracy Kidder
Three Cups of Tea or Stones Into Schools - Greg Mortenson
//Reading Lolita in Tehran// - Azar Nafisi
I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced - Nujood Ali
Land of a Thousand Hills - Rosamond Halsey Carr
//The Enough Moment// - John Prendergast
Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Version 2.0 - Thomas Friedman
I Am Malala - Malala Yousafzai

Check out reviews at and start thinking about the books you want to read!
*If there is another title that 3 or more of you would like to read, please see me to discuss your options


Pre-Reading Activity:

Before you read, get acquainted with your novel. Your " Novel Pre-Reading Activity" must be typed and uploaded to by 11:59 pm on _

During Reading Activity:

As you read, you are individually responsible for completing the "Independent Reading" sheet below. This must be typed and uploaded to by 11:59 pm on __

After Reading Activities:

Upon completing your novel, you must individually complete the "Novel Analysis" below. This must be typed and uploaded to by 11:59 pm on __

This is the reflection you'll complete in your group, if we have a group meeting.

In your small groups (3-4, split up larger groups) decide upon and complete one of these activities which allow you to demonstrate your learning and reflections on the book you read