This EDITABLE Reading Strategies Book Club Packet is adaptable to ANY book! This format is perfect for any literature circle or novel study plans in your upper-elementary classroom!
Following a 6-member job schedule, book club members read a pre-determined number of pages and complete a weekly job aligned to research-based reading strategies that expert readers use: asking questions, summarizing, making connections and predictions, visualizing, and vocabulary study. The book club format is completely STUDENT-LED and READY TO PRINT AND USE with ANY grade-level appropriate book! It also includes a "Meeting Guidelines" sheet that reviews rules and expectations for book club meetings.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR PREPARATION AND USE:
1. Choose ANY book for a group of six students to read together (each member needs a copy of the book).
2. Pick EIGHT total meeting days (a pre-discussion, post-discussion, and six book club meetings). Write those dates on the schedule corresponding to each meeting. Be sure to allow at least 30 minutes in class for each meeting.
3. Determine the number of pages to read for each meeting ( i.e., divide the pages/chapters into six sections). *This step can be determined by the teacher for younger students.
4. Assign jobs using the Book Club Job Schedule (write members' names on the SAME rows in all members' packets so jobs rotate each week).
5. Start reading! Complete assigned jobs/readings BEFORE meeting in class, then share work during the meeting.
READING STRATEGIES JOB DESCRIPTIONS:
- Discussion Director: Leader of the meeting discussion; records answers to the Question Master's questions during the meeting and also writes down one group prediction.
- Summarizer: Writes a short plot summary of the pages read for specific meeting.
- Question Master: Writes three questions using Bloom's Taxonomy (if not wanted, you can delete this aspect of the job description before printing) to be asked during the meeting discussion.
- Connections Captain: Makes two connections (text-to-text, text-to-self, or text-to-world) to be shared during meeting.
- Word Watcher: Looks up four new words, synonyms, and antonyms to be shared during meeting.
- Visualizer: Draws a scene from the pages read to be shown during the meeting.
PRE- AND POST-DISCUSSION MEETINGS:
- The pre-discussion focus on activating background knowledge (ABK) by looking at the cover, researching the author, and asking questions about the novel BEFORE reading.
- The post-discussion has three parts: theme analysis, comprehension questions, and completing a plot diagram. After reading the novel, the book club members focus on each these parts to deepen their understanding of the novel.
***Pre- and post-discussions need about 1 hour in class time.
TIPS AND IDEAS:
- Use as a weekly homework reading assignment (students read pages and complete job at home, then report back in class on Fridays for each meeting).
- Use as a post-testing activity in literacy/reading to strengthen use of reading strategies on any book. Reading and jobs are completed in class, then meetings happen at the end of the class period.
- Use as a framework, but give students a choice of which book to read and create their own group to foster ownership over learning!
***You can change the job descriptions or the schedule because the download is an EDITABLE Microsoft Word document to adapt the packet to your classroom needs!