Have you always wanted to run book clubs in your classroom, but you're just not sure how to set them up, keep your readers accountable, or get your students reading, writing and talking deeply about books?
Are you thinking book clubs are impossible because you don't have sets of books for your students to read?
And how in the world will you get your curriculum standards taught if you're doing book clubs?
Or maybe you're not even sure what book clubs should look and sound like?
Before you write off book clubs forever, envision your classroom readers excited about choosing books, encouraging each other to finish books, envision them helping each other to build comprehension, keeping each other accountable for writing thoughtful journal responses full of deep thinking. Envision my friend, a community of readers who want to read, not just for you but for their peers and eventually, for themselves!
It won't happen over night. But it will happen if you believe!
Tip # 1 - Envision Piles of Book Club Books Everywhere
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Tip #2 - Envision Your Students Practicing ALL the StandardsBook club books purchased ✅
Now, how in the world will you cover your district's curriculum expectations while also doing book clubs? There just isn't enough time!! Or is there?
But seriously, the great thing about teaching the standards is that they can be applied through ANY book!
And book clubs offer the perfect way for your students to authentically practice the standards you need to teach.
All you have to do is make a list of skills your standards cover. Teach each each one as a mini-lesson that the students will apply during reading. They will write about the skill in their response journal and talk about the skill with their club. Sound like a lot of work? I've got you covered! If you're short on time and you're looking for a list of skills that are already compiled, with lesson plans and resources attached, then you need The Complete Guide to Book Clubs for Upper Elementary and Middle School Students. If you enter the rafflecopter below you'll have a chance to win this product for FREE.
The Complete Guide to Book Clubs in the Upper Elementary & Middle School Classroom is a 38 page Common Core aligned resource designed to lead your classroom successfully through book clubs from start to finish. This resource will work with ALL novels. Get your students self-selecting books, creating a weekly schedule, reading daily and writing responses, working within a book club of students to construct meaning (based on the common core standards), rating, summarizing, and recommending quality literature.
Tip #3 - Envision Thoughtful Discussions and Journal ResponsesBooks bought ✅
Lesson plans done ✅
How do your students magically start writing and responding to their reading with thoughtful discussions and journal prompts? Well it's not magic. But it is peer pressure. The good kind.
When your readers stop performing for you and have choice over: the books they read, scheduling their assignments, choosing their response prompts, and leading their meetings, they start caring about being a contributing member of a group. And that caring rubs off and builds real readers who truly enjoy sharing books and their thinking with others.
One way we model what thoughtful book clubs should look and sound like is through fish bowl meetings. I randomly select a group of the day and they hold their meeting in front of the class while the rest of us observe. I love sitting back and watching my readers shine during a fish bowl meeting and my other readers get so much out of seeing a book club at its best. We talk about what went really well and what needs more practice and then the remaining clubs head off to have their meetings and to apply what they just learned from the fish bowl meeting.
You can grab this fish bowl recording sheet and MORE in The Complete Guide to Book Clubs for Upper Elementary and Middle School Students.
I hope the 3 tips I've shared with you have alleviated your worries and have left you thinking, "Why didn't I start book clubs sooner?"
Why do I care so much? Because book clubs are my happy place. Seriously. The choice, autonomy, self-direction, motivation and authenticity of student-led book clubs make my teacher heart smile.
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