Monthly Archives: September 2012

Louisburg College’s My Orange Duffel Bag Project

This week, author Sam Bracken was featured as the opening speaker at Louisburg College’s kickoff celebration for the school’s 225th anniversary week.  My Orange Duffel Bag: A Journey to Radical Change was selected as the college’s common reading title, and author Sam Bracken went to visit the campus to share his story with faculty and students.

Faculty at Louisburg College have developed engaging assignments related to the book for their Crossroads Program, a program designed to get first-year students to explore not only how they learn, but also how they live their lives. Below is a sampling of assignments connected to the “My Orange Duffel Bag Project”:

  1. Decorate the Cover! Be creative. Decorate the cover of the notebook any way that you would like – it just needs to be decorate. You can draw, paint, cover, or do anything you think will make it look cool and look like you!
  2. First 10 Pages – these pages will serve as journal pages. Each class you will be given a topic to journal on and have some time to do this at the beginning of each class.
  3. Next 10 Pages – these pages are “YOU” pages. You should include anything that is important to you Continue reading

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Which Common Reading Book Best Suits You?

Common Reads has just launched our new book personality quiz! Does your school or library have a common reading program? Take this fun, interactive, and free quiz to find out which book best fits your community.

Click here to take the quiz and find out “Which Common Reading Book Best Suits You.” We’d love to have you share your results and let us know what you think of your match!

  • Special launch offer: Common Reads is offering a limited-time FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY to the first five people to comment here on this blog post and include:
  1. The book title you were matched with
  2. What you think of your match and/or how you might incorporate the themes of the book to your common reading program
  3. E-mail your street address for shipping to:

The first five individuals to respond will receive a confirmation email and a free copy of the book they were matched with through the quiz. Full rules of the giveaway are provided below. Continue reading


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