Young Adult Lit/Crit

April 6, 2008

Book Clubs in my Classroom

Filed under: Uncategorized — katefrazer @ 10:09 am

On Friday, I implemented book clubs in my room for the first time ever, and I was so pleased with how well they went that I wanted to share it with everyone.  I probably committed some teacher book club violations, but I thinking for a first attempt for both the kids and me, the structure I used worked well.  I had actually given the kids time in class on Thursday to read their current independent reading choices.  I did this to make sure that they would all come in with something read and something to talk about.  I don’t think I would have to do this next time, but since the format and such was new to them, I’m glad I did. 

For the bulk of our 42 minutes together they were in groups of three talking about what they are reading.  We came back together as a class at the end of the period and discussed how they felt about book club.  Most of them said they liked hearing about what others were reading, and that they liked telling people about their book even more.  We had a limited time for them to share about a book they heard, but at least four or five students were able to talk about a book they heard about in each of my classes.  I was planning on just asking different students to share, but pretty soon they were bouncing around because they wanted to talk about a group member’s book.  There were actually quite a few kids that took notes on the books they heard about, which I didn’t even suggest they do. 

This is definitely something I will do again with these kids, and start much earlier with next year’s kids.  It was great to see them taking ownership over their books and their discussions! Kate

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5 Comments »

  1. Kate, Bravo!! But what were your students reading??????? KES

    Comment by sunyprof — April 6, 2008 @ 10:13 am

  2. Kate!

    How exciting! I’m so glad to hear that your students liked the Book Club idea! Did you let them borrow books from your library, or were they bringing in books from home? Or did they go to the library?

    Joyce

    Comment by Joyce — April 6, 2008 @ 10:24 am

  3. My kids are reading a huge variety of books. I’ll give a few specifics: three boys are reading Al Capone Does my Shirts (That was one I highlighted in class), two kids are reading Coraline, someone has an informational text on hockey players, a few are reading true stories from D-Day and WWII, one girl is reading Eclipse, another I’d Tell I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You, two girls are reading Jordan Sonneblick books, Drums Girls and Dangerous Pie and Notes from the Midnight Driver, and one boy is reading Sledding Hill!

    The kids could get the books from whatever source they wanted. Quite a few borrowed from my room, some brought them from home, and some picked them up at the school or public library. Some of their books are titles that I will definitely have to read!
    Kate

    Comment by katefrazer — April 6, 2008 @ 2:25 pm

  4. Oh, I am so pleased book club was a success. Great titles!! Thanks for sharing. This makes me so happy Kate. KES

    Comment by sunyprof — April 6, 2008 @ 2:30 pm

  5. This is great to hear about, Kate. Can you tell us more about how you set things up for book club? Did you give them guidelines for how to talk about and share what they’re reading? Will you do book clubs on a regular basis?
    -Sarah

    Comment by sostrom — April 8, 2008 @ 10:22 pm


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