Summer Reading Club: “Growing Up is Hard to Do”

Summer course. The WTMA Summer Reading Club is designed to keep logic-stage students engaged in reading and discussion over the summer break. Students will come together with their instructor once a week to talk about that week’s reading. This summer's theme is  "Growing Up is Hard to Do."

This course is meant to foster a student’s love of reading. There are no formal written assignments. Students who participate in all 8 sessions will receive a WTMA Summer Reading Club t-shirt. Participation credit is earned by attending the live class or by watching the recording of a class and then completing a discussion board response based on a prompt given by the instructor.  

Please note: We suggest you review the proposed readings so that you are aware of the literature we are teaching and that your student's level of maturity matches it. 

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  • Example Syllabus
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    • Freak the Mighty, Rodman Philbrick 
    • When Stars are Scattered, Victoria Jamieson 
    • A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness  
    • Wonder, R. J. Palacio 
    • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs 
    • Counting by 7s, Holly Goldberg Sloan 
    • The Red Pencil, Andrea Davis Pinkney 
    • Captains Courageous, Rudyard Kipling 
  • Class meets once per week for 50-55 minutes.
  • Class cap: 20 students.
  • Designed for students in grades 5-8.
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  1. WTMA Parent R.C. Summer 2021

    "This was my student’s first online course and so I found the teacher’s comments very helpful and thoughtfully written. Also, the teacher’s advice on classroom chat rules set up expectations very succinctly."
    - WTMA Parent R.C. Summer 2021
  2. Parent Course Evaluation Summer 2021

    "Our son loved the variety/writing style of the selected books. The exposure to new authors and titles was exhilarating for him and in many cases, he chose to read other books by the authors. This was by far the most he’s read any summer!! Thank you for such a fantastic program and teacher!!"
    - Parent Course Evaluation Summer 2021
  3. Student Course Evaluation Summer 2021

    "I really liked my class and the books. I would never have chosen to read these titles on my own. I also like talking with peers about the books and leading discussions. I want to take this class next summer!!!!!"
    - Student Course Evaluation Summer 2021