Middle School Book Club
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While there are 10 meetings in the Summer schedule, the package available for purchase only includes seven (we've done this to build in flexibility, as we know summer scheduling is difficult. Students choose which seven classes they'll attend.)
This small group (max 6 students) will read challenging but age appropriate novels together and meet weekly to study the reading. Our shortlist of novels is comprised of "tried and true" classics for this age group as well as Newbery recipients, and we'll use ranked choice voting to select each book. As students are guided through discussions, we'll analyze different reading techniques and encourage readers to further develop their comprehension skills, appreciation of literature, and capacity for critical thinking. The goal of the course is to not only bolster students' excitement for reading, but also prepare students for the more advanced texts they'll encounter as they progress into higher grade levels.
Our instructor Fran B., who has 22 years of experience in teaching reading and writing, will be leading this course. She holds a Masters and PhD in English from the University of Cambridge and a MA in Journalism from NYU. In addition to teaching writing at Brown University and the University of Cambridge, Fran has taught SAT classes specializing in Reading at Malvern College and Brighton College in the UK and tutored students from other top British boarding schools, including Rugby, Winchester, and Westminster. Fran is also a trained executive functioning coach, has written book reviews for the Washington Post, and worked at Random House Publishing. We are very excited to welcome her in leading this course!
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