Sierra High School recognizes that this is a repeated request for Literature Circle Novels. However, the need for these novels does not diminish over time. If anything, this project has become a yearly expectation with students discussing all year what books they read last year and what books they wish to read this year. Also, as a result of the pandemic, our students have had very limited access to projects that require collaboration and public presentations in the last few years, making the need for this project even more pronounced. The supplementation of this grant allows Sierra High to be flexible and creative in choosing titles that students wish to read.
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, conduct 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.