Book Drum in school: your suggestions, please
We've always intended that Book Drum should be a useful resource for students and teachers. Comprehensive illustrated profiles of some of the most widely taught set texts are now available for free on the site, including the recently added Lord of the Flies and The Old Man and the Sea. What we didn't anticipate was that students might benefit even more from creating a profile.
Following the success of Adam Watson's experiment in group profile-building with his Literature and Composition classes at South Oldham High School, we plan to adapt Book Drum's interface for use in the classroom. Adam's students created the excellent profile of The Poisonwood Bible, which elicited a favourable reaction from (the office of) author Barbara Kingsolver. And they did it, miraculously, all working off a single Book Drum account. You can read Adam's fascinating description of the project here. He is in no doubt that the process helped stimulate much greater interest in the book and its turbulent historical, religious and political context.
One of the things we hope to do is give teachers like Adam the option of creating individual sub-accounts for each student. This will allow them to control the group contribution process more easily, and enable them to assess each student's work.
But we would also like to hear your ideas. Many of you are involved in education, as teachers, students, parents or administrators. What do you think we could do to make Book Drum easier and more fun to use in schools and universities? Please send us your suggestions by replying to this email, or by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to Becki Richardson, whose profile of Northern Lights/The Golden Compass won the approval of the author. Philip Pullman wrote to say that he thought she had represented his book very well.
Now, who wants to take on The Subtle Knife?
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Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. Profile by Elizabeth Batt
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. Profile by Aneesha Myles Shewani
Elizabeth by David Starkey. Profile by Ann Quarterman
Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm. Profile by Mary Lee Costa
If This is a Man by Primo Levi. Profile by Zian Embong
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. Profile by Emma Lawrence
Brighton Rock by Graham Greene. Profile by Emma Cave
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. Profile by Adam Watson and students of South Oldham High School
Northern Lights/The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. Profile by Becki Richardson
Any Human Heart by William Boyd. Profile by Claire Savage
Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon. Profile by Guy Stephenson
Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Profile by Micki Butler
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. Profile by James Ayling
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark. Profile by Siân Cleaver
We really appreciate all efforts to introduce new people to Book Drum, either by including links to http://www.bookdrum.com on your own website or blog, or by sharing particular profile index URLs via Facebook or Twitter.