The 9-10s will study a variety of novels, short stories and poetry this year, both as a class and in small groups. Some of the books we’ve read in past years include Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley and me, Elizabeth, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, both by E.L. Konigsburg, and Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli. The emphasis of literature discussions and assignments will be on reading critically, comprehension, interpretation and inference, and appreciation of literature. Later in the year, the 9-10s will participate in book clubs. Small groups of students will meet together to enjoy and analyze a book they will read and discuss on their own. Through modeling, they will learn to reflect and respond to one another in a peer group setting. There will be various jobs including: Discussion Leader, Passage Picker, Illustrator, and Word Finder. Each week during the book groups, students will rotate jobs so that each child will be responsible for all the roles over the course of the selected book.Independent reading allows children to explore the world of literature on their own. The class will record their reactions to their books in a reading response journal. This will be an opportunity to have a dialogue back and forth with teachers about what they are reading at home. Students will also complete projects in response to their independent reading books that will be shared and displayed in the classroom. Appreciation of literature will be expanded further through read-aloud books connected to our social studies curriculum or as examples of particular authors’ crafts for our Writing Workshop. Read-aloud selections are also chosen for their ability to generate discussions on social topics such as friendship, families, social justice, etc.Another reading tool will be the 9-10s’ work with the 6-7s as Reading Buddies. Each 9-10 will be partnered with a 6-7 student on a regular basis. They will be assisting the 6-7s as they learn to read. Through discussions with teachers, including Laura Swindler and Reese Mason, the 6-7s’ teachers, and Jay Fung, the librarian, the 9-10s will be learning about the reading process and how they can help the 6-7s enjoy their newly developing skills.