So you want to start a book club? Or, maybe you have a book club and you’re looking for ideas. Living Outside the Lines has an idea for you.
Our club meets on the first Monday of each month. We are a group of parents and children who love reading the classics together. There is a book conversation, project presentations and a marvelous themed meal that is planned around the setting of the book or the time period it was written. Dinner time is a mini-vacation — a time to laugh, talk, play and have fun.
Reading great books with a group of parents and children and sharing a meal together transforms reading the classics from an exercise to an experience and that keeps us coming back for more month after month.
We read The Three Musketeers this month. The project focused on CHARACTERIZATION.
How does the study of CHARACTERIZATION make a difference?
Characters breathe life into a story. We read literature not to learn new information but to be entertained and exposed to the human experience – love, faith, struggle, are common to us all. Characters reveal conflict and dilemmas, decision and responses.
How often have you said or heard your child say, “Just one more page, Mom?” We want to know what happens next, not because the action intrigues us; it’s the characters that make us turn the page.
Because of this, wisdom comes from an examination of the character’s responses and choices.
Directions for the blog project.
1. Using first person, write an interesting expose telling what you were thinking or feeling during a particular scene using the voice of your character.
2. ADD A PHOTO TO YOUR POST.
3. Make comments on other people’s posts using the voice of your character.
What do you think about this idea? What do you think about the connection between character studies and critical thinking skills?