Fall Literature Club By Lauren Saturday 10:45-11:45am



Course Description
  • This will be a group of 6-10 students who meet weekly to discuss works of literature. Discussions will be led by RWC instructors in the Socratic style, drawing on the Center for Lit’s Teaching the Classics methodology.
Teacher Ms. Lauren Bridgeford in collaboration with Ms. Sydney Hoff, the founder of Rose Writing Center. While Ms. Lauren will lead the meetings each week, she has worked closely with Sydney to select texts and develop discussion topics. Ms. Sydney will join select meetings throughout the semester.

  • Ms. Lauren Bridgeford is a NYC-based English teacher with fifteen years of classroom experience. In 2006, she began her teaching career as a curriculum specialist and K-12 educator for the Hillsborough County Public School District in Tampa, Florida. Soon after, Ms. Bridgeford transitioned to private education and for the past five years has served as a Senior Educator and English Language Teacher at the Oxford House College in Manhattan. Additionally, Ms. Bridgeford taught abroad in Cape Town, South Africa with a focus on early childhood education for two years. She possesses extensive experience in assessment techniques and curriculum design for child and adult ESL and General English courses.
  • In 2013, Ms. Bridgeford graduated with a BA in Languages, Literature, and Criticism from Hunter College. She has also obtained her DELTA certification (Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Cambridge University. Currently, Ms. Bridgeford is pursuing her accreditation as an IEW instructor as well as her master’s degree in Secondary Education.
Grade This course is appropriate for 4-6th Grade students.
Textbook / Homework
  • Students must obtain their own copies of the books we read.
  • The only required homework will be to read the assigned chapters of our books. Discussion questions for students to consider will be shared each week, and students may engage in online discussion about the book with their peers in Google Classroom.
Class Time

Saturday at 10:45 – 11:45 am EST
9/11 – 12/18
*No meeting will be held on 11/27.

Course Objectives
  • The book we might chose is: Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt,  The Giver by Lois Lowry, Wonder by R. J. Palacio
  • Students will read fiction and nonfiction texts of various lengths.
  • Discussions will explore themes, similes, metaphors, and characterization with the goal of understanding how these devices contribute to the work as a whole.
  • Through guided conversations, students will practice evaluating literature thoughtfully and systematically.