My students just began reading Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas. I always start by giving students the handmade bookmarks above. I want them to know why I'm excited about reading, and we talk about the quotes on the bookmarks. We are reading the paper book (I did encourage students to purchase ebooks if they wanted, but no one did), and we are also doing a lot of supplementing with technology that I think makes for a much richer experience.
Here's some of what we've done so far:
- Listened to this NPR commentary about mourning.
- Did a Web Hunt on the author's website
- Watched portions of a video interview from the Commonwealth Club
- Google mapped the distance from Abadan, Iran (where the author was born) to Whittier, California (where the author moved to).
- Posts on our Moodle discussion forum
- Photostory movie trailers for the book
- Vokis of our favorite quotes
- Comic strips of our favorite scenes
- Mosaics of visual images
Through this all, we'll be having face-to-face discussions in book club groups and sharing, laughing, and learning from each other!