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Thanks to all who answered...even though we are a high school, we may be
going with __HOLES__

If you participated in something a One Book, One School Program...we have a
few questions:
1) How did you fund it?
2) How did you logistically do it?
3) Did you actually give every student a book?
4) Anything you want to tell us about your experience would be
appreciated :-)


The two elementary schools in our district (Pre-K - 5) decided to do ONE
BOOK, ONE SCHOOL this year. We chose Dr. Seuss's The Lorax, and will be
beginning this project next week (to coincide with Earth Day, Arbor Day and
National Poetry Month).
We did not buy a book for every student; we purchased the book, the
read-along and the video for each school. Librarians will be reading the
book to all classes and then encouraging them to choose some differentiated
activities that will correlate with the themes of the book.
You can see what we did at:
This probably won't translate to a high school setting, but it was an
economical way for us to do this project and cooperate with the district
goal of encouraging differentiated learning projects.
We are in the process of doing "one book, one school" right now in our
middle school. Because our school theme for this year is Pennsylvania, we
chose to do the book "Fever 1793" by Laurie Halse Anderson. We bought enough
copies for each reading teacher's maximum number of students in a class. The
books will be shared with each reading class and not taken home. Copies of
the book were also purchased for each member of the staff to read as well as
extra copies to have on hand in case any parents wanted to read it at home.
We found inter-disciplinary ideas (from the internet) to use with all of our
subjects and specials. Some if the teachers came up with their own ideas.
The chief medical director from our county is coming to speak to all the
students in May. He also requested a copy of the book to read along with our
superintendent. We purchased the books through Scholastic through our
activity fund. One of our teachers deals with Scholastic all the time and we
were able to get them for $4.99. So far, the book is being well received by
both students and faculty. We just started this on Monday. If you have any
other questions, let me know.
We have used a book of short stories each year for the past two years to
give our students a common thread of literacy. We are already divided into
TAG groups (Teacher/Advisory Groups?), and the groups read a short story
every other week during a 25 minute session and discuss them to some extent
afterward. We have only 400 students in our school, so we do buy paperback
books for each student and staff member. These are kept in plastic boxes in
each room and handed out each session. At year's end, we take up the books
intending to recycle them every three years.
I think the program has worked fairly well. It's my opinion that the
attitude of each teacher determines the attitudes of the students. My
students know I think it's important and they seem to really enjoy the
stories. Whether or not it makes a difference in their testing scores and
promotes cultural equality, I don't know, but it can't hurt.
I'm finding it extremely hard to choose a third book of short stories (we
received a $20,000 grant, by the way) that doesn't have some problem areas -
language, in particular. We're in a very conservative area...The other books
we read are "Sixteen" and "Vision" ed. by Gallo. I'm wanting "Short Shorts"
ed. by Howe for next year, but our Junior High is planning to read it. Our
student population has recently grown to over 40% Hispanic, so we're trying
to find something all can enjoy and understand. Whew...
I'm about ready to go with a novel if I can find one in which each chapter
can stand the students can still read it every two
weeks and not forget what's happened...I'm interested in any other titles or
ideas you get. Please HIT us or forward them to me.
I was at the Texas Library Assoc. convention last week and the Alief school
district in Houston won an award for their program. The school district's
web site is
They showed a video presentation describing the project before they gave the
award. The book they used was Seedfolks and they contacted the publisher
about getting a good price because they needed 15,000 of the books. Another
town or school was using it and they got to combine their orders. Maybe you
can contact someone through the site that can get you some info. Good luck!
We are a small k-8 school, but we did this in a small way with our 7th and
8th grade kids. They have read 4 books this year at the same time. Every
teacher taught a reading group, not just LA.  We used "Gear Up" and Title I
(or whatever they call it this year) funds.  We also bought the Novel
teacher's guide, student packets and I ran off extra materials from the
internet. We are working on lists for next year right now. The favorite book
has been The Watsons Go To Birmingham-1963 by Paul Christopher Curtis. We
actually had a book for every child, plus the adults involved. The teachers
liked it and it certainly stimulated a lot of conversation among kids and
staff. My teachers said that it is important to read the book in class,
aloud is the best.

Lynette "LYNN" Mitchell
Media Specialist
Citrus County Schools
Crystal River High School
1205 NE 8th Ave.
Crystal River, FL
Phone: (352) 795-4641 Ext: 271
Fax: (352) 795-4519

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