In today’s electronic world, reading, especially from books, often falls to the sidelines; many of our children would rather scroll through social media than flip through pages. However, reading has numerous benefits such as developing vocabulary, imagination, and critical thinking skills, which contribute to academic and professional success. It is important to help our children discover a love of reading, but we know this can sometimes be challenging. This is why we have put together book clubs for students!
Our book clubs are designed to help students develop an enthusiastic and confident reading habit. Students will learn and practice critical reading strategies and share their opinions about the book with a community of readers in a fun and engaging online environment.
In this 7.5-hour program, students will:
establish personal reading goals and strategies for achieving them
learn and practice ‘good reader strategies’
share their opinions and ideas about the texts through discussions, writing activities, and creative responses
engage in interactive games and activities to extend and deepen their understanding of the book
Book Club Levels
Junior Book Club (Grades 4 to 6)
This 7.5 hour class will develop vocabulary and engage imagination. These are some of the books we will be discussing:
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate follows a gorilla named Ivan who lives in the Big Top Mall in captivity. He enjoys his life there until he meets Ruby, a baby elephant brought in to learn new tricks. Now he must decide what is best for him and his friends, and how he will make the changes happen.
When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time in The Wild Robot by Peter Brown, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island…how will she survive in her harsh surroundings? Roz’s only hope is to learn from the island’s hostile animal inhabitants. When she tries to care for an orphaned gosling, the other animals finally decide to help, and the island starts to feel like home. Until one day, the robot’s mysterious past comes back to haunt her… (from peterbrownstudio.com)
Intermediate Book Club (Grades 7 to 8)
This 7.5 hour class with develop critical thinking skills and increase vocabulary. These are some of the books we will be discussing:
The Giver by Lois Lowry follows twelve-year-old Jonas who lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind this fragile community (from Goodreads.com).
In Holes by Louis Sachar, Stanley Yelnats has been unjustly sent to Camp Green Lake, a boys’ detention centre, where he and the other inmates are made to dig big holes everyday, to build character. Then Stanley begins to realize the Warden must be looking for something. But what could be hidden under a dried up lake?
Senior Book Club (Grades 9 to 10)
This 7.5 hour class will allow for students to share thoughts and opinions in a community. These are some of the books we will be discussing:
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury takes place in a futuristic world in which books are outlawed and burned by so-called “firemen” like Guy Montag. Montag never questions what he does for a living until he meets Clarisse, who introduces him to a future where people embrace ideas found in books and do not live in fear. When his wife attempts suicide and Clarisse disappears, Montag realizes he doesn’t know his world at all.
The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline outlines a world in which global warming has destroyed the ability to dream, causing world-wide madness. The only cure lies in the marrow of North America’s Indigenous People, the only people still able to dream. A 15-year-old must flee from “recruiters” who want his marrow – no matter the cost.