A group of middle school students are returning to school having experienced summer reading success with summer book clubs.
Many students were ready to discuss the books they had read over the summer when they returned to Sharon Middle School. Instead of having each grade read one book, students had the opportunity to choose one book that they liked from a list of 50 books. They could then meet with other students and faculty who had chosen that book, and discuss it, enabling the school to create small book clubs.
“We wanted to give students more choice and get enjoyment out of it,” said Principal Kevin O’Rourke. “They weren’t being testing on the book, it wasn’t a quiz and there was no review to write…it was a way to get kids excited about reading.”
The different groups met with each other in classrooms and other areas to discuss their books with each other and with a facilitator. They created bumper stickers, book covers and other items that were inspired by their choice of books.
The reading program was organized by ELA Coordinator Rebecca Smoler. She said she wanted to encourage students to experience the joy of reading.
“I think summer reading should be about reading for pleasure and enjoyment,” Smoler said.