Join Our Free Summer Reading Club

Join Our Free Summer Reading Club

Trying to convince your non-readers to pick up a book? Running out of reading material for your book-consumers? Constantly looking for books that are both engaging and appropriate? Welcome to the Summer Reading Club!

From June 24th through August 13th, Compass is hosting a reading club consisting of three different books and three live discussions on the books. The meetings will serve as an example of what families receive in every one of our live literature classes, with an emphasis on everyone contributing their different opinions and observations. Each meeting is led by Mary Pierson Purifoy, a Compass Classroom literature teacher. Miss Purifoy will guide discussion about themes, character analysis, and plot development as a whole.

“I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.”

Roald Dahl

When there is a week without a Zoom meeting, Miss Purifoy will post on a My Compass Classroom group different questions or reading prompts so your kids have some structure while reading. She will also provide outside reading materials should the student want to learn more about the book in question. A second reading list will also be included; these books will not be discussed over zoom but meant to encourage reading on one’s own.

Zoom Reading Schedule:

  • June 24—July 11: Read Lloyd C. Douglas’ The Robe.
  • July 12th: Zoom meeting for The Robe.
  • July 13—July 25: Read “The Sign of the Four” and “The Valley of Fear” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
  • July 26th: Zoom meeting for “The Sign of the Four” and “The Valley of Fear.”
  • July 27-August 8: Read J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.
  • August 9th: Zoom meeting for The Hobbit.

Additional Readings:

If you are looking for even more great summer reads, Miss Purifoy recommends the following: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie, All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot, and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Families will need to decide on the appropriate book(s) for the ages of their readers.

These books can be read at your student’s pace since we will not be discussing them together. Miss Purifoy will provide questions about each book on the MyCC group to prompt personal reflection and discussion in the home.

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.”

Walt Disney
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