Thursday, March 29, 2012

Middle School Book Group's First Discussion

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I finally created a middle school book group. I am ashamed to say that this is my sixth year at PFTSTA, and my first time including the middle school students in a library club of any sort. Bookmarked, the high school book group, has been in place for five years. Every Monday I close the library during lunch to hold a book group meeting for the high school students. I couldn't figure out how to include the middle school because I did not want to close during lunch on another day. After talking with a few teachers to get their opinion, I decided that I would have a middle school group meet once a month after school. PFTSTA is a magnet school and draws students from across the parish of Jefferson and the region as well. Most of our students ride a bus to school and getting transportation home can be difficult, but if the students want to participate in sports they find a way. So I figured that they could work something out for book group too. I posted all the meeting dates for the rest of the year, so parents could plan ahead. The first meeting of Books Rule in Middle School or BRiMS was in February. For the first meeting we all brought a book to share. I selected the book for March. I chose Tangerine by Edward Bloor. Tangerines were served as snack, and we had a lively discussion. The students had some insightful comments about the book. All seemed to really like it. Those who did not finish, plan to get to the end. We were concerned about spoilers for the few who did not finish, but it did not seem to be a problem. Want to know more about BRiMS or what we are reading next? Open here.

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