What is the most difficult book you read and enjoyed when you were 12? Conversations in Literature is a book club for all ages. In our club parents share books with their children and the children experience books. They don’t just read them. For every book there is a short literary lesson either on an element or device in literature and a project. The design of the project is to draw the reader farther into the story and back out again. It’s one thing to love or hate a character but when you are asked to get inside the mind of the character and make an interpretation of your own, you are taking a journey beyond the normal reading experience. What’s the point? These readers become strong thinkers and better writers. I suppose that is the answer a parent gives. The kids, well, they say the point is to have fun!
When we read Till We Have Faces, by C. S. Lewis, the project was called, “Extreme Make Over.” The goal was to exercise the reader’s imagination by re-writing a classic allegory, learn to use metaphors in writing and begin to recognize stories that have meaning behind the obvious.
This is almost word for word the directions the kids received. There is a lot of room for interpretation so when they come to my house I really don’t know what to expect. I like that part. Surprises make life interesting:) The following video is Ella’s interpretation of the assignment. Ella, 12 years old, is a guitar player and singer. She built upon these skills to write and present her project. Honestly, at 12, I could not have read a book like this and understood enough to prepare a project like this.
Let me know what you think and leave a comment for me. I love hearing from you. Oh, and please be kind, we are ammeter videographers. *Grin*