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  • East Hancock Elementary School
  • Kiln, MS
  • Half of students from low‑income households

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The project for which I am requesting support is a classroom book club. Each book club consists of 4 to 5 students who cooperatively work together and discuss the fiction or non-fiction text they chose to work on as a group. My students love to read, they love to discuss what they read with one another, and they enjoy working on projects together. The students have assigned reading each day from which they write a summary, identify unknown words, and create higher order thinking questions to present to their group. They hold student led discussion group meetings to discuss their new observations and thoughts on the book. Once the group completes the book, they cooperatively work on a project board (tri fold) displaying the elements of the story, which reinforces the reading, language, and writing skills. They then present to their peers, after which, the project will hang in the halls of the school to display their awesome work!! This inspires the students to read more even more and gives them the opportunity to explore different reading genres. The impact is both individually and as a group. Students working collaboratively in small groups are given the responsibility of leading group discussion meetings in which they have to take notes, sharpen their listening skills, and contribute to the conversation. When students discuss a text in small groups, they have a deeper understanding of the text, their dialogue becomes more advanced and their confidence is given a boost. Book clubs work from the struggling reader to the more advanced skilled reader. They are transformed from an individual reader to a community of readers.

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The project for which I am requesting support is a classroom book club. Each book club consists of 4 to 5 students who cooperatively work together and discuss the fiction or non-fiction text they chose to work on as a group. My students love to read, they love to discuss what they read with one another, and they enjoy working on projects together. The students have assigned reading each day from which they write a summary, identify unknown words, and create higher order thinking questions to present to their group. They hold student led discussion group meetings to discuss their new observations and thoughts on the book. Once the group completes the book, they cooperatively work on a project board (tri fold) displaying the elements of the story, which reinforces the reading, language, and writing skills. They then present to their peers, after which, the project will hang in the halls of the school to display their awesome work!! This inspires the students to read more even more and gives them the opportunity to explore different reading genres. The impact is both individually and as a group. Students working collaboratively in small groups are given the responsibility of leading group discussion meetings in which they have to take notes, sharpen their listening skills, and contribute to the conversation. When students discuss a text in small groups, they have a deeper understanding of the text, their dialogue becomes more advanced and their confidence is given a boost. Book clubs work from the struggling reader to the more advanced skilled reader. They are transformed from an individual reader to a community of readers.

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