OAK GROVE LITERARY GUILD FAQ’s
What is the Literary Guild?
Literary Guild is a voluntary enrichment reading program designed to enhance reading skills and cultural literacy. It is comprised of four levels: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Delta. It is noncompetitive with no grades or time limits for completing a level. It is completely student-led with adults acting as an encourager and guide.
Why encourage children to join?
Literary Guild benefits our children's reading skills as well as cultural literary due to the variety of genres categorized on each card. Each level exposes students to numerous biographies, historical fiction, classic literature, award winners, science fiction, mythology, etc.
How does my child participate?
Students take an oath that they will read the number of books required to complete each level (“Reader’s Contract”). For each book completed the student must demonstrate mastery by taking a short 3-question quiz or provide a summary with a Literary Guild volunteer. The student must answer two out of three questions to pass the quiz. The volunteer records the test date on the student’s card which is filed in the Literary Guild cart if mastery is demonstrated. Students may also receive credit for books read during DEAR, language arts assignments/projects, and reading workshops without taking a quiz.
Participants are rewarded with two free books per level as incentives to work through each level and earn a trophy upon completing a level which is given at the end-of-semester party. Those who finish the Gamma and/or Delta levels are also recognized as "Oak Grove Literary Scholars" by having their names engraved on the plaque in the upper grade hall in addition to receiving a trophy.
Who is eligible?
Literary Guild is designed for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. It is formally introduced to rising third graders (at the end of the second graders’ year) because the levels were designed to be grade-appropriate for 3rd-5th graders due to the rigorous nature of the reading levels, vocabulary, and comprehension levels. All students begin with the Alpha Level. Parents are encouraged to keep this "student-led."
What do Volunteers do?
Volunteers introduce Literary Guild to students and make contracts with students who want to participate. They help children choose books. Book lists as well as reading lists are found here: Level Cards Georgia Book Awards Newbery Awards
They give quizzes to the students, or ask students to provide a well-thought out summary of the book when there is no quiz. * Quizzes are in alphabetical order by book title housed in the plastic boxes. The crate on the bottom shelf in the cart holds students' cards, book lists, poems, historical documents, summary sheets, and answer sheets for quizzes. Books given out as incentives are in the green plastic bin. Pencils and various materials are next to the quiz boxes. The cart is located just outside the library doors. Quizzes may be done orally if you are pressed for time. **You can also pass out poems on the lists to students who are waiting to take a quiz. Individual poems and historical documents are in the back of the crate.
Books students choose in various categories like Georgia Book Awards, Newbery Awards, Sports Fiction, etc. may not have a quiz.
Finally, volunteers encourage students. Let them know how many points they've earned; tell them how close they are to an incentive or completing their level. Basically, be their cheerleader. There are no time limits nor is this a competition. They do not get a grade. They are rewarded three ways: free books, a trophy, and a party.
Two ways to volunteer:
Sign up as a Classroom Volunteer with the teacher OR
Go to SignUpGenius.com volunteer as a School-Wide Volunteer
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