Exploring Perspectives: Sharing the Book Club Experience
Help me give my students relevant books for school-wide book clubs. Each of the titles is diverse. We are requesting 20 copies of each text to allow for students and staff to read and discuss the books together.
Our students attend the only regional project-based learning school in Wisconsin; we are an intentionally diverse school, so our students come from all over southeastern Wisconsin. Many of our students find the school as a sanctuary after traditional schools; we bring kids together and work collaboratively to create a place where students engage in deep, meaningful learning. It's not rare to see kids of different races, backgrounds, interests, and skill sets working together and forming strong relationships at our school. We pride ourselves on challenge, authenticity, and compassionate interaction. In the fall of 2019 we'll have about 100 students, across all ability levels, from both the city of Milwaukee and well into the surrounding areas. Our students have started businesses, worked alongside professionals in internships, and won awards for their artistic endeavors. We're proud to be a family.
Six books. One hundred kids. The promise of a lifetime of reading for enjoyment. This is the goal of Pathways High's book clubs. This fall, we are planning to offer six new titles for both staff and students to read and enjoy together.
Student choice is at the center of the daily reading time.
The six selected titles reflect and expand the diverse perspectives of the students and staff here. Every person will read the first pages of each offering, ranking their selections of books before making a final selection. The students will be placed in book clubs with an adult that has also selected the same book, to allow for the richest discussion.
Books were selected based on both student interest and readability, considering reading levels and challenge. After the book clubs conclude, students will have the opportunity to listen to one another about all the books through a sharing space. From there, the books will grace the shelves in the common space at our school for any and all to check out.
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