In this week’s episode, I share all about planning book clubs in the Secondary ELA classroom. I discussed the importance of having a plan when introducing book clubs to your students, as well as creating variety in the different genres and styles to ensure that all students’ interests are addressed. To get students ready for their group discussions, I also talked about which mini-lessons to include such as group expectations and how to write higher-level questions.
I also discussed the importance of fostering student-led conversations during discussion days and taking a step back as a teacher to allow students to lead the conversation. This might feel awkward to you at first but it is important that students be allowed to lead these discussions.
Finally, I discussed the importance of taking time for reflection both during and after a book club discussion days – look at what went well as well as what needs to be improved. Students should look at what they did (or didn’t do) to contribute to the success of the group. Teachers should look at areas where they can provide additional support before the next discussion day.
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In this episode on how to plan book clubs, I share:
- Set time aside before you introduce the unit to your class to plan your unit and gather the needed books
- Choose a variety of books in different genres and styles to meet the varied interests of your students.
- During discussion days, take a step back and let students lead the conversation.
- Plan time after every discussion day for students to reflect on their role in the success or not of the group.
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