Middle School Book Club

Does your student love to read?  Does she like many different styles of writing?  Does he discuss his latest book over dinner?  If so, then this class is for your child!  

In Middle School Book Club, we will have common books for all to read independently at home and then come to Book Club ready to discuss. These books will cover a broad range of writing, from classic literature to dystopian novels, to contemporary fiction. Book discussions will come alive through casual conversation, re-enacting key events from the book, discussing how characters behaved at certain points in the text, art integration, and literature related activities.  Students will take ownership of the group over time by having the opportunity to suggest books, lead discussions and work in individual and group projects. They will also gain experience working in a group as they listen to each other, respect the opinions of others, and offer comments supported by reasons and evidence. Students will make friends both on and off the page as we dive into the wonderful world of literature together!!

This year we are in Section B of our 3-year Middle School Book Club rotation. A student can join us for all 3 years of Book Club in any order they wish. Each year’s book list is completely different than the others, and students are encouraged to participate in more than one year. This year’s book list includes “Diary of Anne Frank”, “The Yearling”, “The Book Thief”, “Peter Pan” and others. A complete book list for the year will be handed out at registration. (Each student will need to have access to each book)

Feedback from current student’s parents:

“B… thinks he is having fun when really he is growing stronger everyday.  He is taking Middle School Book Club and it is changing his life.  They are reading and really understanding books that B… would have never read on his own.  He is spending probably six hours a week building his critical thinking skills and reading strength and he thinks he is in a club with friends.”

“This was S…‘s favorite class by far. He is not a natural reader, and this class made him want to read the books and join in the fun discussion with friends. Very thankful!!”

Class homework assignments: moderate – each student will be expected to read the assigned books within deadlines, and participate in relevant projects, both individual and group

Tuesday

Time: 12:55-2:25
Grades: 6-8
Cost: $325
Supply Fee: $75
Tutor: Debbie Vaughn

Wednesday

Time: 12:55-2:25
Grades: 6-8
Cost: $325
Supply Fee: $75
Tutor: Debbie Vaughn

COVID-19 Contingency Plan:

In the event that the COVID-19 pandemic affects our ability to meet in person in a classroom for the 2020-21 school year, I will make the following adjustments to this class.

Tutor and students will meet at the scheduled class time via a video chat service. Class discussion regarding books will be held during this time, and projects can be presented this way as well. Written assignments can be submitted electronically, and feedback will be provided electronically.  Group projects and group collaboration will be encouraged via online methods, but adjustments will be made as needed.  

Our plan is to meet in person as soon as it is feasible. We may begin OR cancel CLASSROOM meetings at any point during the school year as the COVID-19 situation changes.  Our goal is to keep family safe and engaged during this unprecedented time.