Book Bistro solves the challenges of Independent Reading Assignments: promoting a love of reading, holding students accountable, and making the assessment manageable.
Book Bistro is a social activity, so students enjoy it. The assignment is structured, so it holds them accountable. The assignment focuses on fundamentals, so it's manageable for both teachers and students.
Here is how it works:
Students read a book of their choice for Independent Reading. An Annotation Guide reminds them what to focus on when they read. Students complete a brief assignment that serves as the basis for Literature Circle discussion.
The Literature Circle discussion is based on high-interest questions that students enjoy discussing.
The teacher can decide how much and how to assess it. Sample rubrics are included.
This activity provides a solid foundation for writing literary analysis essays. Students also improve listening and speaking skills during the small-group discussion.
This product would also work well for a summer reading assignment for middle or high school students. The assignment can be completed independently.
This assignment is research-based, fosters a love of reading, and promotes adolescent literacy.
This product includes:
• Directions for How to Use This Product
• An Overview of Genre & the Elements of Fiction in an easy-to-read format
• Tips for Writing About Literature
• A Record Sheet for the Teacher to Assign Book Discussion Groups
• An Annotation/Active Reading Guide
• Book Bistro Assignment
• Book Discussion Handout
• Rubric (Sample and one for printing--pages 14 and 15)