On Wednesday, May 31, 100 tenth grade students and their selected community members gathered for the 2nd annual American Literature Community Read. This event is hosted by students in the American Literature 1600-present classes, taught by Krista Laliberte and Rachel Matz. Students selected a book from a list of fifteen selected multicultural American Literature titles and formed reading groups to discuss the books over the course of the semester. Students were given the opportunity to select a community member of their choice to read with them. Community members included: parents/guardians, grandparents, former teachers, coaches, siblings, and friends.
While reading, students worked in groups to plan a book club-style event: writing discussion questions, planning activities, and designing thematic elements for their discussion such as decorations and snacks. The Community Read on May 31 was the culminating event of the project, bringing together students and community members for an evening of discussion and literary exploration. The evening was a tremendous success; students put together insightful questions and engaging activities and led every aspect of the event.
This project was the recipient of a Bloomfield Hills Foundation Mini Grant during the Winter, 2017 grant period. We are thrilled to be able to continue offering this exciting and meaningful project to future classes, and look forward to expanding it in future years.
Thanks to everyone who helped make the evening a success! Congratulations to the American Literature 1600-Present students on a job well done.