Are you the kind of teacher that loves hearing students engage in authentic conversations about books and life? Then this week’s podcast episode is for you!
In this week’s episode, I’m taking a deep dive into the power of using book clubs to teach reading. Through authentic conversations, book clubs offer real world experiences and allow students the opportunity to take ownership of their learning.
By intentionally grouping students based on their interest in the book, rather than reading level alone, book clubs encourage meaningful conversations about literature. Reading becomes a social activity as 3-4 peers come together to explore the plot, characters, and life lessons learned through reading the story.
In this episode on book clubs, I share:
- Book Clubs are different than Literature Circles
- Groups can be formed based on student interest and not reading ability
- The teacher is the facilitator of the unit (teaches and plans lessons)
- Students are accountable to their peers for reading
Related blog posts:
- Engage Students in Reading with Book Clubs!
- Do Book Clubs Work with Whole Class Novels?
- Assessing Student Led Book Clubs
Be sure to join the Secondary ELA Facebook group where we will be continuing the conversation on Book Clubs. This week I will also share a few books I use as Book Club options!