Building on Sierra High School’s commitment to literacy, the Literature Circles are a culminating yearly event where students demonstrate their autonomous learning and developing literacy skills. As a final project in the English classes, students choose novels of their own, set a reading pace with their peer group, conducted weekly conversations around their novels, demonstrate their literacy skills in fishbowl assessments and participate in final presentations where they act as docents and present their novels to the public. The purpose of this grant is to supplement the novel sets that are needed to support this project. This Literature Circle project directly supports Sierra High School’s literacy plan by building on students’ skills as they manage their own interactions and learning with novels of their choice and prepare to present their knowledge to the school community and the public.
Sierra High School recognizes that this is a repeated grant request. However, this request is student driven as students repeatedly express interest every year in participating in the Literature Circles project. This project is beneficial in its cyclical nature too: the final presentations and many classroom conversations at the end of one school year roll over to inform students choices about novels they read the following year when they return to school. Ending the school year with our Literature Circle project directly informs our Leisure reading program the start of the following year.