What happens when we read? Kid-led explorations of literature, books storytelling, and the transformative experience of reading. 

Fridays 10am - 3pm | Ages 9 - 15 | January - March 2016

In this full-day literature class, we engaged with the medium of WORDS. Through writing, reading, group discussion and writer’s workshops we have created a space for exciting, rich, literacy-building conversations, connections and expressions of ourselves and the stories we love. We have read, discussed our experiences of reading, and explored the medium, culture and future of books in our lives. Students have been learning to read like writers, searching for clues about craft, composition, style and form. We read and discussed short stories, poems, and novels in depth. And we thought about how authors create feeling, characters, plots, fictional worlds, and employ engaging storytelling.

Books we read: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, by Mark Haddon; Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech; The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, by Sherman Alexi; Hatchet, by Gary Paulson;  The Magician's Nephew, by C.S. Lewis; The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood; and The Giver, by Lois Lowry.

A course with Lucy Segar. Lucy is a writer and educator living in Hudson. She studied writing at dance at Oberlin College, and earned her MFA in writing from Columbia University. This class was paired with the after-school workshop, called THE NOTEBOOK CLUB.