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					How to Conduct Book Clubs
          in an
  Elementary Classroom


              By Lori McCarthy
                   EE526
Ice Breaker:




     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
                     reading.
Advantages

   Expands learning process with rich discussions
   Gives opportunities to explore various perspectives
   Allows children to socialize and learn more about
    peers
   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)
   Book Choice
   What do we do at the meetings?
Recommended Book
Selections

   Classroom favorites (all genres)
   Classics
   New titles
   Popular books
   On-line or printed book lists
Disadvantages/Challenges


   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.
    References

   Book Clubs for Children. Retrieved from
            http://thereadingclub.co.uk/BookClubsForChildren.html.
   Heller, M.F. (2006). Telling stories and talking facts: First graders' engagements in a
            nonfiction book club. The Reading Teacher, 60(4), 358-369.
   Miller, D. (2002). Reading with Meaning. Portland, ME: Stenhouse
            Publishers.
   Raman, R. What is a book club? Retrieved from
            www.ehow.com/about_5060895_book-club.html .
   Starting a book club. Retrieved from
            http://www.kidsreads.com/clubs/club-about.asp.
   Wagaman, J. (2008). Starting a children’s book club: Encouraging children to
            read through a group meeting. Retrieved from:
            http://youthactivities.suite101.com/article.cfm/running_a_children’s_book_club.

				
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