BOOK BUDDIES: Book Clubs, Reading Partners & Literature Circles in the Classroom

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1st - 5th, Homeschool
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In my classroom, we have Book Buddies. These partnerships come in two forms: Student Book Clubs and Reading Partners. A book club consists of a group of students (typically 4-6 is manageable) while reading partners are just two classmates. Both groupings operate in the same manner.

The students read the same book independently at the same time. They predetermine a page number to stop at and complete a book discussion planning sheet to bring to the meeting. As they read, they record questions to ask during the discussion. The questions are all open ended to inspire deep and meaningful conversation. This helps to improve comprehension and critical thinking skills. I created this packet to use with my own class.

The implementation of the Common Core means we will be focusing so much more on book discussions and authentic literature vs. basal work. Yippee! I can't wait to use these and am really looking forward to seeing my friends excited about reading and communicating their thinking with peers on a regular basis.

The packet includes:

Reader Surveys (to assist in forming partners and groups)

A detailed explanation about how to implement and manage Book Buddies

A collection of 8 different mini-poster templates for displaying your Book Buddy Rules / Guidelines for Success

2 Teacher Management Sheets (for tracking partnerships)

Graphic Organizers and Prompts to make student packets

Book Review Checklists

Book Review Stationary

Student Rubric

Teacher Rubric / Feedback Form

It is aligned with the following Common Core Standards:
1.RL.1 1.RL.2 1.RL.3
2.RL.1 2.RL.2 2.RL.3
3.RL.1 2.RL.2 3.RL.3
4.RL.1 4.RL.2 4.RL.3
5.RL.1 5.RL.2 5.RL.3

It would be best for grades 2-5, but is appropriate for 1st as well

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