We had a great first day at JT Moore Middle School on Tuesday! Our middle school students met us in the library for some healthy snacks and get-to-know-you games, like coming up with adjectives that start with the first letter of your first name. We met “Perceptive Peter,” “Curious Chloe,” and “Lovely Lexi,” to name a few.
We then started talking about what kinds of books everyone liked to read. Action, mystery, and fantasy were popular choices, as were graphic novels. We were so thrilled, because the first book our RAPS group will read is a graphic novel called March by Andrew Ayin and John Lewis. After watching the book trailer, our middle schoolers had a discussion about the serious topics this book brings to light, such as racism, inequality, segregation, and whether these issues are still present today. March is a graphic novel about the Civil Rights Movement, and some of it takes place right here in Nashville! We hope this will help our students to make connections between then and now. Shout out to Nashville mayor Megan Barry for recommending this book when she came to speak at JT Moore earlier this year!
Finally, we headed back to the library to do a fun art and writing activity. We provided our students with blank graphic novel templates, and instructed them to write a mini graphic novel that represented themselves—and that they could get as creative as they wanted! One of our students even wrote in that he found a vat of goo and turned into a superhero.
We hope to keep this creativity flowing! Lets RAPS begin!