Many of my students confessed that before participating in the book club they had never read a complete book from cover to cover. Others admitted to being leery of chapter books or books without pictures. Prior to book club, they would not have willingly read them outside of class. (2014 Middle School Book Club Facilitator)
The goal of Middle School Morning Book Clubs is to strengthen literacy skills of students in grades 6-8 and encourage reading for enjoyment.
The basic concept for this program is the same at all the middle schools: students meet with a facilitator for an hour once a week from September - May to discuss the book the group is reading. Sessions are held before the school day begins. Each of the schools has the flexibility to design other aspects of the program to meet the specific needs of their student populations. For example, some schools will have clubs for only girls or only boys, while others may target certain demographics based on student achievement needs (i.e. – Hispanic or African American students). Some clubs may incorporate a family involvement component into the program.
Each school can have a maximum of 15 students per group with no more than two clubs operating at the same time. Students meet with the facilitator at least once a week before the school day begins to read and discuss selected books. Books will be selected based on reading level, grade level appropriateness and high interest content.
Outcomes for students are measured using Lexile scores and Florida Standards Assessments. In addition to this quantitative data, teachers and students participating in MSMBC will complete satisfaction surveys to gather their input on what went well with the program and what needs improvement. Additional questions will assess the frequency students are reading for pleasure and their selection habits.
"I learned about how to be a strong, independent, young woman and how to be confident in myself to do the right thing and stand up for what I believe in." (8th Grader, Legacy Middle School)