At Brain Power we believe in fostering both a love of reading and a social conscience in our students. That is why our book club discussions bring together great literature and pressing social concerns. At one event we might discuss environmental protection and Richard Adams’s Watership Down, at the next event we might discuss autism awareness and Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. We also have exciting field trips and contests! One year our students even had the chance to meet Margaret Atwood – author of The Handmaid’s Tale, Alias Grace, Oryx and Crake, and many more awesome novels and books!
This year’s exciting books and events include:
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (NEXT: October 28 – library field trip)
The Spaghetti Detectives by Andreas Steinhöfel (December 2 – special guest speakers)
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (February 24 – live performance)
Animal Farm by George Orwell (March 31 – live performance)
(Contact the office for time/place details and to reserve a spot.)
Fahrenheit 451 (Coming Oct. 28)
AUGUST 25TH, 2017
In Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” the American government has banned all books. Any books that are found are burned on the spot by “firemen” employed for the purpose. (Did you know that paper burns at 451°F?) Distracted by the pursuit of comfort and pleasure promoted by the mass media, the illiterate citizens lack the knowledge … Continue reading "Fahrenheit 451 (Coming Oct. 28)"
MARCH 30TH, 2017
On March 26th, our book club discussed some “deep thoughts” about John Steinbeck’s “The Pearl.” Steinbeck’s classic novella asks important questions about how we determine the value of anything, whether it be a pearl or a human life. It also sheds an unflattering light on the extent to which greed influences our thoughts and actions,even … Continue reading "The Pearl"
Around the World in 80 Days
JANUARY 29TH, 2017
On January 28th Brain Power’s Book club had a great time talking about Jules Verne’s adventure classic “Around the World in 80 Days” (1873). We made the classroom into a virtual world tour with stations representing Phileas Fogg’s stops on his amazing trip around the world in 80 days, and book club members travelled from … Continue reading "Around the World in 80 Days"
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
DECEMBER 4TH, 2016
Brain Power’s book club had a fantastic time reading C. S. Lewis’s classic “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”! We joined Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, as they went through the magical wardrobe to the enchanted land of Narnia. While the children make new friends in Tumnus (the faun), the Beavers, and Aslan (the … Continue reading "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"
Much Ado About Nothing
NOVEMBER 19TH, 2016
On November 19th Brain Power students attended a performance of William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” at Hart House Theatre (University of Toronto). This classic comedy follows the confusions and misunderstandings of two young couples over the “nothings” spread by rumour, gossip, and eavesdropping (i.e. “noting”). Students discussed the play during the intermission and immediately following the … Continue reading "Much Ado About Nothing"