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Literature Circle


8:15 pm - 9:00 pm ET

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Ages 11-13

Expanding Horizons

Welcome to the Literature Circle! At our weekly meetings, students are encouraged to stretch their minds and ponder new ideas as we read eye-opening books. Without assigned homework beyond reading, students can bring questions and ideas to the Literature Circle. This allows them to learn not only from the novel, but also from their peers, as student-led discussions are the leading component to the course. This type of unique student interaction in the Literature Circle often leads to better defined and articulated opinions, increased self-confidence, and friendships that go beyond the classroom. This is a club you don’t want to miss!

Out of the Dust

Once a Week Club

Acclaimed author Karen Hesse's Newbery Medal-winning novel-in-verse explores the life of fourteen-year-old Billie Jo growing up in the dust bowls of Oklahoma. Out of the Dust joins the Scholastic Gold line, which features award-winning and beloved novels. "Dust piles up like snow across the prairie. . . ." A terrible accident has transformed Billie Jo's life, scarring her inside and out. Her mother is gone. Her father can't talk about it. And the one thing that might make her feel better—playing the piano—is impossible with her wounded hands. To make matters worse, dust storms are devastating the family farm and all the farms nearby. While others flee from the dust bowl, Billie Jo is left to find peace in the bleak landscape of Oklahoma—and in the surprising landscape of her own heart.

Materials Needed:

Out of the Dust, by Karen Hesse

  • Instructor: Ms. Eve Babb

  • Dates: Tuesdays, September 13 - October 4 (4 weeks)

  • Time: 8:15-9:00 PM ET

  • Price: $32

  • Ages: 11 and above


Shooting Kabul

Once a Week Club

In the summer of 2001, twelve-year-old Fadi’s parents make the difficult decision to illegally leave Afghanistan and move the family to the United States. When their underground transport arrives at the rendezvous po