Tasting New Books at RCM

Tasting New Books at RCM photo

R.C. Murphy Junior High School seventh-grade students in Michelle Hanczor’s honors English classes had the chance to sample a few classic stories during a “Book Tasting” initiative in the school’s library.

During their class time, the students had several minutes to preview five different books and complete a “tasting menu” with their initial reactions of the piece. The stories they previewed included Celia Rees’ “Witch Child,” John Steinbeck’s “The Red Pony,” Cameron Stracher’s “Water Wars,” Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and Paul Zindel’s “The Pigman.” In the menus, the students shared what they thought of the book and how the author worked to hook readers from the start before giving the piece a ranking from 1 to 5. 

In the coming weeks, Ms. Hanczor will be creating literature circles based on the students’ expressed interest in the previewed books, and those groups will work on an interdisciplinary project to create a book trailer for their chosen story.