The St. Anne's-Belfield School Renaissance Reading program matches student with faculty sponsors to read and discuss literature outside of the confines of our curriculum.
Please click here for the current Renaissance Reading list.
- To motivate students to develop reading habits that will produce intellectual growth
- To reward students whose reading has generated exceptional understanding and insight
- To encourage teachers to read and discuss books both in and out of their field to further the goal of a broadly informed faculty and student body
- To establish a means for faculty to set an example of reading for pleasure
- To provide an opportunity for several students and teachers to read the same book to allow group discussion
- To establish another means by which teachers can connect with students in significant ways
- At the beginning of each academic year, every faculty member who chooses to participate will submit to the committee the titles of two books that he or she wishes to sponsor. (Please note: none of the works submitted should appear in the St. Anne’s-Belfield School curriculum.)
- Students may also suggest books they would like to read and ask a faculty member to sponsor the discussion.
- Students should have a 20- to 30-minute individual or group discussion with the faculty member to explore the quality, significance, and implications of the work.
- The faculty sponsor should then notify Dr. Noffsinger about the book(s) read and student(s) present for discussion.
- Students who have read a minimum of five works and who have had satisfactory discussions will be named Renaissance Readers and on Class Night will receive a certificate noting this accomplishment.
- Students must have completed a minimum of two of these readings by the end of the second trimester.