THE MANY WONDERS OF HILLCREST'S BOOK CLUB
BY fAHMEDA KHANOM, '19
Hillcrest High School is an extra curricular powerhouse when it comes to clubs and organizations, and the school's very own book club is one that contributes most to that title. Students are expected to interpret and discuss a series of plot twists, character traits, in an attempt to develop a student's comprehension of complex literature.
Shohely S. Annona, a student of the book club says, “We often do popcorn book reading, and share our ideas and discuss the books being read.” Shohely also added, “Reading books with peers is much more fun and exciting than reading alone. It helps us understand the book much easier”.
The Book Club's main goal is to create an interactive and social environment for students who want to discuss readings above cores standards. Analyzing these books will facilitate students to manage difficult texts that are given on the English regents. For example, as you read, your vocabulary expands due to the new words that are introduced in the various book reads. The more books you read and the more discussion happening, it makes it easier to work on assignments and exams. Reading is an everyday tool that should be used, it helps you grow mentally. Book reading integrates ELA standards for reading, writing, speaking and learning.
According to Januben Patel, she states, “The Book Club helps us to read books [together] as we do not have much time to read individually”. Reading keeps us in touch with the English language and improves many skills vocabulary, grammar, and syntax skills. The Book Club allows students to make new friends and build a better environment, and good rapport with other students. It also gives students an advantage of getting into college because universities want to see the extracurricular activities you are engaged in during high school. Moreover most scholarships are awarded to people who are involved in various clubs, community service and/or show an interest in sports.
All in all, the Book Club in Hillcrest benefits students in high school and college. It also keep encourages students to read books. Like Hillcrest, every school should have clubs to help students gain many different skills