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Paws to Read: Like Try Why Panthers "Paws" to Read

Reader's Advisory

Day One Brainstorm


  1. Look at examples of LIKE TRY WHY Projects.  There are many examples on this project site.  And lots of them hanging in the library. You will be creating a poster with your own LIKES, TRYS, & WHYS.
  2. Create a Google Doc for your project.   You may use your school email account or a personal gmail account to open google docs.  If you do not have a student email account, use the account Mrs. Nocita created.  The purpose for using the google doc is to give you easy home access to continue working on this outside of class. Instructions for using google docs are included on this page if you are unfamiliar with google docs. 
  3. Name your new doc LIKE TRY WHY
  4. A good way to organize to your doc is:  

         Like #1  Title & Author

         Description  copy/paste from NoveList

         Try #1  Title & Author

         Description  copy/paste from NoveList

         Why #1


         Like #2 Title & Author

         Summary copy/paste from NoveList

         Try #2 Title & Author

         Description copy/paste from NoveList

         Why #2


          Like #3  Title & Author

         Description copy/paste from NoveList

         Try #3 Title & Author

          Description copy/paste from NoveList

         Why #3

6.  Now for the fun to begin!  Time to put on your thinking cap!  What have you read in the past two years that you really enjoyed?  Is there a book that you've been waiting to read?  Brainstorm a list of three titles that you have read or have been read aloud to you that you enjoyed.  They may be fiction, nonfiction, or graphic novels. Add your responses to the Google Doc.    

7.  You will use NoveList, a database of book information to look up each of your 3 books.  This is the LIKE.  For each book you will need to copy/paste the book summary (description) from NoveList into your Google Doc and save the picture of the book cover into your file.  Do not copy/paste the picture.  You will need to right click save as to save into your my pics folder.  If you are doing this from home, you can paste into your google doc but you will need to save it as a jpeg in your file when you return to school.

8.  When you search for the book on NoveList be careful of spelling. When you find the book in NoveList, make sure to click on the book cover to open the record.  To the far right you will a column that says Read Alikes.  These are suggestions of books that have similar themes as the one you liked.  It will give you 9 suggestions most of the time.  If you hover over the book cover, the information about the book will pop up so you can decide if it's a book you would like to read.  Read through the suggestions.  When you find one you think you may like, click on the book cover and go into that record. Record the same information for the TRY.  Title  Author  Summary (description) and save the book cover as a jpeg to your documents library. 

9.  Now for the WHY.  Why do you think the "TRY" book sounds interesting? The WHY should be concise and intriguing.  You want to hook potential readers!  See "Like Try Why" examples for an idea of how long your summary should be.   Approximately 3-5 sentences to make readers excited about the selections. Use colorful adjectives and action verbs. Don't spend very long on this!  The idea is to get down what's exciting/interesting about the book and what the the LIKE and the TRY have in common.  This is where you PERSUADE readers to TRY your recommendation. This is theWHY!   Sell the book! It is not a book summary or review.  You want to entice readers to select this book.

10.  Any work you do not complete today is homework!  You will not be ready to move on to the next step unless you have all of this information ready to go!  And if you are not ready to move on, you will be behind!  

Google Docs

Google Docs login  Google Docs Tutorial

Sign in to Google Docs using your Gmail account.

Visit the Google Docs page and enter your Google Username and Password and click the Sign In button. The main Google Docs page appears.

If desired, click the Upload button to upload existing documents.

On the Upload menu, click Files to upload files. A dialog box appears so you can browse to the folder containing the files you want to upload, and select them. After selecting files click Open. You can edit compatible documents you upload or simply share them.

Or click Create to create a new document.

Once you create a new document of any type, you’ll encounter a software environment that you should find familiar if you’ve worked in any type of productivity software such as Works, iWorks, or Microsoft Office. Name your document by choosing File→Rename.

When you finish working on a document, you can choose to share it by choosing File→Share.

The Sharing Settings dialog box appears; enter the names of people or groups in your Gmail address book, or type the e-mail address(es) of the people you want to share this document with. Click Done.

Documents are automatically saved as you work on them, so you do not need to worry about that. To return to the main menu, click Documents at the top of the window.

NoveList Plus

Absolutely great tool for book selection, both fiction and nonfiction!  Lots of great tools to help you find the perfect book!

Google Book Search

Google Book Search