Help me give my students the experience of watching The Hate U Give movie this fall.
Bookworms is an after school book club that meets weekly in our high school. The students are the best part of the book club. They have grown so much in the last two years from only reading young adult books to now reading adult books that deal with a range of topics like sexuality, racism and identity.
They are mostly students of color from low income families but they are rich in their creativity and imagination.
My students come from diverse backgrounds. They are from Egypt, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Honduras, Ecuador, Mexico and Guyana.
I admire them so much. They love leading discussion, making predictions about the ending of the books and enjoy reading aloud. This year they requested the book club to be more active in school and attend more field trips. Most of the students in book club are writers. Two of them are currently writing their books! They push me as a teacher and a person to look at characters in a broader way. Four of the book club members this past year had the highest GPA in school and were the Valedictorian and Salutatorian. I want them to grow their personal libraries at home.
Bookworms is in its third year. The book club is open to all students and they can join twice during the school year. We have up to 15 students join and participate. These students self select to join the book club and stay between 2 to 3 hours after school to discuss books. We do activities that are inspired by the book and read aloud.
One of the special things about book club is that it helps students build their personal libraries.
Every book that they read in book club they get to keep and the books are NEW. Even though there are no more than 15 students in the book club it impacts over 200 students in school. Students in book club encourage other students to join and recommend books to them. I've seen book club students lend their books to other students. Other students also come to my office to borrow books because of the book club students encouraging them to seek books that we have read together in book club.
Because of budget cuts, our school won't be able to purchase books for the book club this school year. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is a book that my students have expressed interest in reading. I also wanted to surprise my students by taking them to see the movie after we finish the book in November 2018. This will help the students who are visual learners access the themes and have a better understanding of The Hate U Give. Book Club members want to have more field trips this year and what better way to do it by taking them to the movies!
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