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The BIG Read. 2009. What is it?. A school-wide summer reading program that is OPTIONAL. Teachers agree to read a book over summer break and facilitate book discussion at the BIG Read Cafe. Students sign up to read one of the books over summer break. Teachers & students meet

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    1. The BIG Read 2009

    2. What is it?

    3. A school-wide summer reading program that is OPTIONAL

    4. Teachers agree to read a book over summer break and facilitate book discussion at the BIG Read Cafe

    5. Students sign up to read one of the books over summer break.

    6. Teachers & students meet at the BIG Read Cafe on Thursday, August 27 for an evening of live music, free food, fabulous giveaways, and lively book discussions.

    7. Participating students will receive a 100% grade in their English class one time during the 2009-2010 school year.

    8. When is the BIG Read Cafe? Thursday, August 27 (Time TBA)

    9. How do I sign up?

    10. Select a book from the slides at the end of this presentation or visit the display in the LMC.

    11. Fill out a form at the book display in the LMC and designate your Top 3 book choices.

    12. You will be notified of your book circle later in May.

    13. Come back the last week of school to check your book out for the summer.

    14. Questions? Come see us in the LMC

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