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Book Club
Come explore the World through Literature!

For the past two years, the Will C. Wood Book Club has explored the World through reading, and has worked in collaboration with the Ethnic Studies department at Sac. State and the 65th St. Corridor Community Collaborative Project to host a field trip for book club members. The mission of the Book Club is to promote literacy.

Book Club members meet once a week on Wednesdays at lunch in room M-29, Ms. Ledbetters classroom.

Our February selection “The Diary of Lucy Whipple” by Karen Cushman tells the story of a young and her family as they fight to build a new life in 1840’s California.  After each novel, the club plans a field trip to provide a real life window into the world of the book’s main character.

Just like the original 49ers, the members of the Will C. Wood Book Club arrived in Old Sacramento on February 7, 2013, in search of gold and adventure.  Forty-four book club students and their chaperones panned for gold and toured Underground Sacramento to extend their knowledge of the Gold Rush.

Students visited the Sacramento History Museum to pan for gold and tour Underground Sacramento. On the tour they discovered details of how buildings over a hundred years ago were raised 12 feet to prevent flooding using a series of hand jacks.  Later, students got their hands dirty panning for gold, each taking home a glass vial of the gold and pyrite they found as a souvenir.     

 The next novel read by the book club, “Esperanza Rising” by Pam Munoz Ryan, the story of a young Mexican girl and her family, who are forced to flee Mexico and immigrate to California to support themselves as migrant farm workers. After reading this book, students will go on a field trip to Sacramento State University.

Field trip overview. While at Sac State, students were treated to a Mexican dance performance and listened to a panel of students who shared their own personal experiences working in the fields today. During the afternoon, students participated in an interactive lesson on self-identity.  Later, after a presentation from SER, Students Empowered through Reading, the book club issued a challenge to the Sac State students to read “Esperanza Rising” and visit our campus for the “Esperanza Tamale Challenge Throw-Down”—an opportunity for both clubs to test their knowledge of the book—and enjoy some tamales!  Esperamos contar con tu presencia!

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