There are a couple different ways to conduct book clubs. I have used both with as young as first grade in the latter part of the year.
Traditional Book Clubs-This is where students are all reading the same book oftentimes given a choice that the teacher has selected. There are roles, like in a literature circle and follow up work. In this product, you can choose that way minus the rigid roles, other than a host/leader that rotates. You can use the Book Club Planning Sheet and Book Club responsibilities for both leader and members.. Traditional book clubs meet and set the assignments while reading chunks of the book along the way.
Non-Traditional Book Clubs is what you will also find in this product. This is totally kid-facilitated after you have modeled what it should look like and sound like. The “Preparing for Book Club Checklist” is used AFTER the book is read. There are two formats. The first is a child decides that s/he wants to host a book club on any topic, genre, subject, author, books with girls as the main character, books with animals etc. The child then signs up to “host” the club, sets the time and meeting place. Other kids can sign up understanding the type of book that will be discussed. Kids can then choose their own book so that at the club there are many different books under the same general topic. Kids do not meet until the meeting date and they must have read their book and prepared for it by filling out the checklist for either fiction or informational text. In this format, the host simply leads the meeting by using the checklist as a guide. The second format allows the kids to read the same book and there are checklists for that as well. Both fiction and information checklists are available.
With either format, students will be engaged and best of all be talking about and sharing books with one another. This can also be done during literacy center time as an alternative to centers.
***Tip-I always like to use a tape recorder or video camera when groups are meeting. It keeps them on their toes and they know I will watch it later. This can also be used to assess your students.
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