What kids, parents and teachers are saying about the Spaghetti Book Club...
"The Spaghetti Book Club is unlike any other literacy or technology project I've done. It was a hit with my students, and one of the best uses of internet technology I've come across. The lessons were well planned, easy to use, and best of all, already a key part of my curriculum. Thank you! : )"
"I get the feeling that it is run by caring people who love reading and who want children to love reading, too."
"My first graders became enthusiastic writers and artists once they saw reviews on-line. They worked diligently to get their work published and tried to meet criteria so their work would make it to electronic print. This was an excellent way to integrate reading, writing, art and technology. The SBC also gave us the opportunity to go beyond our classroom and share with others around the world (we hope). It was a great way to show our parents and community that education can be more than reading a textbook! I hope and will work to see that writing book reviews for the SBC becomes a yearly part of my first grade curriculum."
"I feel excited that I'm on the Internet and I feel like a movie star seeing on the Internet. I emailed my cousin Cole and his mouth dropped opened when he saw that I was on the Internet."
Spaghetti Book Club provided my class with a rare opportunity to publish
their writing for a real audience. My students are beaming with pride
about having their work on line, and the staff at Spaghetti Book Club
made the process incredibly easy for me by developing such user friendly
on line forms. I was able to enter the student work from my own desktop,
at a time that was convenient for me. In fact, now that know how easy
it is, I know that, in most cases, my fifth grade students could have
entered their own work, thereby saving me even more time and giving
the kids experience with online forms. Thank You Spaghetti Book Club
"I used this program with some of my students who are struggling readers. They were thrilled to see their review and felt honored that other students were reading their writing and then reading the books that they had suggested. It was a real self-esteem boost for some kids who aren't normally recognized for their reading ability."
"The experience has been fully engaging for the kids, and lots of fun for them. It was not at all difficult for me to work your review criteria into a teaching rubric for the class, and to apply appropriate reading and writing standards to the work. You made it easy!"
"We think that this book club is fabulous! It means a lot to Sasha to see her review on the net, and to know that she is reaching other children her age."
"I learned they [book reviews] were fun because they teach you how to write better.
Alisa M. -
"It feels exciting to now that your book review is on the Internet. Almost EVERYONE uses the Internet. So a lot of people will be reading them. And they might even post a message to me."
Amanda - 2nd