Reading Lounge is a semester-long class that will allow students to cultivate their own identities as readers. Throughout the semester, students will read a broad range of works that include novels (whole class, book club and individual), poetry, song lyrics, short stories and picture books. While one goal is to give students an opportunity to read a broad range of texts, emphasis will also be placed on deep reading strategies. Students will engage in regular discussions about the reading, and will write metacognitive reflections about their own reading identities, and how those identities transform over the course of the semester. Students will also be introduced to literary criticism, and will focus on different critical lenses through much of their reading.