During CCS teachers’ frequent meetings in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), a lot of brainstorming and discussion takes place. One of the many ideas that originated from a recent PLC meeting is what the 5th and 6th grade teachers have decided to call “Classics Club.” Being a part of Classics Club is completely voluntary, but it gives students the opportunity to challenge themselves, and broaden their experience by reading unabridged classic literature.
Together, the 5th and 6th grade teachers compiled a list of about 40 classic novels for their students to choose from. A classic is a book that has stood the test of time, so every book on the list is as least 50 years old, and most are over 100. Represented on the list are authors such as Louisa May Alcott, Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, L.M. Montgomery, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, C.S. Lewis and many others. Fifth and sixth grade students who wish to participate in Classics Club will choose to read any seven books from the provided list by the end of the school year. At that point, a celebration party will recognize the students who have accepted and met this challenge. After all, reading classic literature is its own reward, but a little pizza never hurts.
–by Libby Rowley, 5th grade teacher