There is nothing better than seeing excitement for learning in the eyes of a junior high kid and we pulled out all the stops from the minute they walked into the door.
This is all done with plastic tablecloths and Mardi Gras decor off the clearance rack at Party City. One of the teachers had also happened upon a garage sale where they had a box full of Mardi Gras party stuff for a couple bucks.
We placed "menus" at each set of tables which gave the kids a set of "appetizer" questions, "main course" questions, and "dessert" questions to discuss about their particular book. Then they would rotate to the next set of tables and discuss some more.
We also fed them, which didn't hurt any :)
The other two teachers (Tesha & Charmika) had some down-home experience with cajun cooking...
A good time was had by all!!