How to Conduct Book Clubs
By Lori McCarthy
2 Truths & A Lie
What is a Book Club?
A group of students that come together to
discuss books, share opinions, ask
questions, and foster a lifelong love of
Expands learning process with rich discussions
Gives opportunities to explore various perspectives
Allows children to socialize and learn more about
Improves communication skills and vocabulary
Provides opportunities to make connections to the
text and deeper comprehension
Allows children to apply learning
How to Get Started
MODEL! (a book club meeting)
What do we do at the meetings?
Classroom favorites (all genres)
On-line or printed book lists
Every reader will not enjoy every book!
Children’s reading levels are very different!
Following guidelines and showing respect for
others is imperative!
Points to Ponder
What are your goals for your book group?
Heterogeneous groups provide students who
can model fluent reading behaviors to help
those who may struggle.
Consider the subject matter and reading
level of the text.
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