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Tales from a 6th grade Bookclub

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to obtain a through a private donor for a program with our local Catholic school- St. John’s. After meeting with the Head of School we decided to offer a bookclub to all Upper School students (6,7,8 graders) that would begin in January after winter vacation

The club meets once a month on Fridays in the school after classes are done for the day.  Six students signed up and each month I lead them through a conversation and activity based on a book, that they get to keep thanks to the donor funds. My favorite activity was trying to draw portraits using our feet after reading Dusti Bowling’s Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus. Afterwards we looked at the works of different artists born without arms.  Other activities have included choreographing their own dance pieces and 90 second book summary videos. My favorite conversation was around the AIDS crisis in Kenya and the United States, which we had after reading Auma’s Long Run by Eucabeth Odhiambo.

With only two bookclub meetings left I know I will miss our group. 5 out of the 6 students are moving on to other schools next year and many do not live in the neighborhood, though they have expressed interest in returning for the Teen Bookclub I run. Nonetheless I am grateful for the opportunity and hope to do the bookclub again next year!

A complete list of titles can be found here!

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