Monday, January 16, 2017

Week Two

Hello Everyone!

Hope you are having a pleasant start to this semester. Please let me know if you have any questions about the syllabus or assignments. I know there is a lot of reading this week – bear with it, it’s all for a good cause. If you're having trouble finding any of the articles on the syllabus please let me know!

By the end of this week (January 22 at 10pm), I will need from you:

1. Your Blog URL and name.  So far about half the class has worked ahead. Kudos!

2. The five genres you will be reading and annotating for this class. Annotations will be due in the week they are assigned, and will be turned in on your blog. You do not have to know what books you are reading yet, just what genres. Look over the syllabus while you're deciding what genres to choose; some weeks we discuss more than one and you probably don't want to have to do two annotations in one week. Email me your selections so I can make a spreadsheet to see who all is covering what genres. Be sure to pick at least one outside your comfort zone! Also, no more than 15 students can cover any one genre (I like to try and spread it out evenly), so if you're really want to read a certain genre get to me early! If you're picking later in the week some of the genres may already be filled up. Here are all the genre options available to choose from:
 - suspense
 - thriller
 - adventure
 - romantic suspense
 - gentle reads
 - horror
 - romance
 - mystery
 - science fiction
 - women's fiction
 - fantasy
 - historical fiction
 - westerns
 - new adult
 - young adult
 - urban fiction
 - African American Literature
 - LGBTQ reads
 - literary fictions
 - non-fiction

3. Your reading profile posted to your blog.

I also posted in Week One some sample reading profiles. Shortly, I will post examples of annotations. Feel free on your blog to talk about your personal feelings about the book as well. If you are doing a suspense or a thriller, get reading! Those annotations will be due by the end of Week Three.

I have also posted In Week Two the PowerPoint describing what you should be looking for during your assignment for Week Four, the Secret Shopper. I wanted to make sure you had plenty of time to complete this assignment, because I know that for some people it can be difficult to get to a library where they are not well known. After doing the readings for this week you should have a pretty good idea of what makes a good readers’ advisory interview. I will also post some video examples on this blog – feel free to post any you find on your blog during the next couple of weeks.

As always, let me know if you have any questions! You can reach me through email on canvas or by commenting anywhere on the class blog!


  1. I am not seeing the PowerPoint. Can you help me find it? Thanks!

    1. It's the very last file in week 2 labeled "Secret Shopper" is it not showing or opening on your end?

    2. Found it! I was looking in the wrong spot. Thanks!