“Stone Catchers” is the name of the Literacy Group that I participate in.

This program is bran new. I’ll share the syllabus with you. As you read the syllabus, keep in mind that I am copying it EXACTLY how it reads. So the poor editing, typos and confusion is not my doing.


The literacy’s group goal is to encourage and support each other in learning. Participants will learn together inn small circles supporting each other and making a commitment to solve problems jointly through discussion and shared explanations.

*Groups will be flexible about which book is selected for reading.

*15-20 minutes per group is a substantial amount of time to discuss goals of the group.

*Once groups are selected one set of books per group will be assigned.

*Each offender will sign for the book and be held responsible to return the book upon the completion of the assignment.

*Each individual member has a responsibility to contribute to the group and do his “fair share.”

*A team Captain will be designated for each reading to keep the group on task and focused. The Captain will read assignments to the group, mediate conflicts and manage time.

*A Recorder will take minute4s and write down salient points then report back to the group.

*A Encourager gives the group feedback and is responsible for ensuring that all group mangers are heard.

Ok, here’s where it gets confusing. Even more so than the part that says,” A Recorder will take minute4s and write down salient points then report back to the group.” What? I thought they were in the group. What do you mean they report back to the group? Where do they go?

I’m in GROUP 2.
I was nominated and received the Reflector position.

I have no idea what a Reflector does. Here’s what the syllabus says:

“A reflector keeps track of dynamics of group process and makes comments (to be turned in with the reporters) focus, directions, organization, listening skill, participation of all members.”

After reading that, I STILL don’t know what a Reflector does. So I asked the Captain, Recorder, and Encourager. No one could give me a clear and concise description.

So I broke it down as I understood it. Until someone tells me otherwise, my job as a Reflector is to :

Keep track of group process.

Make comments that pertain to how guys are focusing within the group.

Make comments on the direction of the group, as I see it.

Make comments on the organization skills of the group.

Make comments regarding the listening skills of group members.

Make comments regarding the participation of all group members.

The syllabus goes on to say :

*The discussion will start with a walk through of the book based on the cover.

~What do you think the book is about?
~What do you think will happen in the end?
~Who are the characters?
~What is the setting?

*Discussions and predictions about the text will be weekly.

*At the conclusion of the storyline we will sequence events and do a flow map together.

That’s it. My next post will be called “STONE CATCHERS (WEEK 1), where I’ll dive into the book and answer the 4 questions. Stay tuned! And tell all your friends and family to tune in. Bye!



Steven D. Jennings


Author: Steven & Suzie Jennings

She was raised as a Mormon, and he is a convict serving 43 years in prison. This blog offers a glimpse into two vastly different worlds that somehow came crashing together. Join them on their journey through prison life & married life.

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