Our middle school students are big-hearted and curious about the greater world around them. Our middle school houses roughly 800 students, and these students will go on to attend a high school of over 2,200 students next year. Book clubs provide a small community within a large school system.
Books provide students a way to learn about the world around them and learn about themselves.
Better yet, when kids become readers, they crave more books by authors and series they love, more experiences, and more knowledge!
In a world of flashy video games and social media, hooking kids into a good book can be a challenge; however, the thirst for a flood of high-interest, high-relevance reads is apparent when talking to my students. They want to read about relationships, peer pressure, and bullying. Books are an opportunity for my students to express themselves in a safe, supported environment. Furthermore, research shows that the most students read, the stronger readers students become. The access to more books means improved fluency, rate, decoding, encoding, and vocabulary; thus, once a student is hooked into a particular series, author, or genre, it is imperative to have more like that title for them to turn to. Thus, this DonorsChoose.org project was created. Many of the titles are sequels to other books the students enjoy or are in the genres of graphic novel or prose poetry because these have enticed even my most reluctant readers.
Picture this: three students bite into chocolate munchkins, hold the sequel to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, and make plans for when they are going to read the next book in the series.
There are various clubs scattered throughout the room; they point to lines in the text, hold their tongues to not talk over one another, and look one another in the eye while scoping out similar reads on the library shelves. With your help, my students will be forever thankful to become more literate citizens and see reading as a process instead of a one-time event. Thank you SO MUCH for considering to help my students and spread the book flood!
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