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Middle School Book Club

Summer 2017

Our summer courses usually include special subjects, studies of individual books, and instruction in particular skills.  These are not remedial courses but opportunities for students to make progress in certain areas, stay sharp during the summer months, or try out their first online course.  Past courses have included Word Roots, Johnny Tremain, Story Writing Workshop, The Life of the Theotokos, and more.  

Middle School Book Club


Middle School Book Club


Teacher: Presbytera Maria Koulianos

Dates: June 5 - 30

Schedule: 9:00 - 9:50 am Central, Tuesdays & Thursdays

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Book: Wonder and The Julian Chapter by R. J. Palacio

The Middle School Summer Book Club will have discussion at the heart, and the majority of time will be devoted to dialogue.  Students will prepare discussion questions ahead of time to ensure a rich conversation. Presbytera Maria will be the facilitator of the club discourse,  asking questions when conversation is stalled. Some questions such as, "What did you enjoy about this book?,"  "Who was your favorite character?," and "Why do you think the author chose this title for the book? " will encourage student participation.

The Middle School Summer Book Club is a place for every student to share books, their experiences and feelings about these books in an enjoyable and easy way together. Book Club students will develop important language skills. The discussions that will be held, will help students practice turn-taking, encourage them to use language to analyze, make predictions and solve problems, and provide them with opportunities to try out new vocabulary words. Overall, each student will develop a deeper understanding of books, consider others’ perspectives on the same book and practice analyzing the books they read. 

Summary of Book
August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?

R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions, lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.

In addition, the Julian Chapter highlights the story of Auggie's bully from his perspective. Does knowing his story and background change how we feel about him as a bully?