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The Book Bunch: A Shared Reading Book Club for Middle School

Shared Reading of Novels from a Biblical Worldview
Reading aloud with middle school students is a blast! We do the reading together, just like guided reading, which ensures students actually read the novels and understand them instead of buzzing through the Cliff's Notes version. The goal is to enjoy the shared experience, being entertained by literature. We form a community to learn and to think and to read great literature while feeling a connection to one another by the shared experience. Students will develop a love of books, the endearing characters we will meet, and rich storylines. 
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Teacher

Mrs. Lemons

Class Time

8:30am Eastern | 9:30am Mountain | 10:30am Central  | 11:30am Eastern

Meeting Days
Tue, Wed, & Thu
Materials
Students need their own copy of each novel
Class Duration
25 min classes
Price
$18 (weekly subscription)
$270 (semester)
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  SEPT 6- NOV 19: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

 No class the week of Thanksgiving
 No class for two weeks over Christmas break

  NOV 28 - DEC 17: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

  JAN 2 - Feb 18: Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame    

  FEB 19 - JUN 2: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

How does this course work? 

 To create and maintain a friendly environment, we start class by briefly getting to each other or by catching up with life. We also pray and/or read a passage from the Bible. 

 The teacher takes turns with the students reading aloud. Some students read more fluently than others, and we try to balance giving each learner who wants to read the opportunity to read while moving us along in the story at a quicker pace. Students only read aloud if they want.

 Our shared experience is amazing!
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Learn to think biblically:

Understand God

He is the Creator of the universe, all of humanity, has ultimate power, goodness, and is love. He is the maker of all things beautiful.

Understand Yourself

We are in trouble without the redeeming work Jesus did on the cross. When we evaluate literary characters, their faults, strengths, and sins, we understand ourselves better. We understand our need for Jesus.

Understand the World

Life is beautiful. Life is rough. Life is dangerous. What is wrong with the world, and what is the solution? We are on a wild adventure, living in a fallen world. Although we live in a culture corrupted by sin, we also struggle with the presence of sin in our own hearts. What is one to do?
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Why should I take this course?

Reading aloud should still happen through middle and high school! It's the perfect opportunity to develop a biblical worldview. Did you know that children who are read to benefit greatly? Benefits include having an increased activation in certain brain regions, improved mental health, and they score better than 90% of their peers on standardized tests! Check out the stats from the Literacy Project.

develop higher levels of empathy and emotional intelligence

improve semantic language processing in the brain
With 20 minutes of reading a day, students...

words per year

say they like someone reading aloud to them

have a reduction in stress
Even for teens...

The Power of Reading Aloud

Hear from Kate DiCamillo, a Newbery Medal winner, the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, on the power of reading aloud. 
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When people talk about the importance of reading aloud, they almost always mean an adult reading to a child. We forget about the surly adolescent and the confused young adult and the weary middle-aged and the lonely old. We need it too. We all need that third place, that safe room that reading out loud provides. We all need that chance to see each other.
Kate Dicamillo

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