Young Adult Lit/Crit

February 12, 2008

Thursday’s Discussion on Book Clubs

Filed under: Book Clubs--O'Donnell-Allen — katefrazer @ 5:21 pm

We had a nice discussion about the first three chapters of Book Club Companion on Thursday.  I’ll highlight some of our thoughts.  Our group found book clubs to be a great and effective method for kids to read and interact with many different texts.  Obviously this is important because it gives kids an opportunity to read what works for them and challenge themselves by really thinking about their novels or texts and having the opportunity to share and challenge their thoughts with peers. 

While this does disrupt the standard accepted idea of one book for the class discussion, it achieves rather than disrupts what we want students to get out of an ELA classroom.  They are reading, discussing, and most importantly thinking.  

We did discuss how book club books can be selected as a thematic set, giving students freedom to read a book that interests them, yet still allows discuss with people outside of the book club about a common theme. 

Overall, I would say these chapters had some very valuable information.  — Kate

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