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Check out the PREVIEW: I added pictures of completed student work and students in action to give you a sense of the expectations and how to use each of the options.
The written work (for the main course) is an essay, but you can edit using the link to change it if you wish. When I use this resource students have already had exposure to essay writing so this is not new for them. See below for more info about what's included!
This resource is meant for grades 3-5 during a novel study or book clubs, but can also be implemented with small guided reading groups, partnerships and independently as needed. You could easily adapt this for grade 7 or higher! This menu invites students to track their reading during the appetizer section, pushes students to write literary essays in the main course and to express their knowledge of characters and/or story events in the dessert section.
(For teachers using Expeditionary Learning, I use this with Module 4 for Historical Fiction Book Clubs related to the women's suffrage movement.)
Pages in this download include:
-A reading menu with appetizers (during reading), main courses (writing about reading) and desserts (creating in response to reading)
-A RUBRIC to assess student work
-Directions for each of the appetizers and main courses.
-Graphic organizers for the dessert options (Facebook template, Instagram pages (2 sizes), graphic novel templates (5 options) and iPhone template
-For FUN place settings in 9 colors (including a BW version) especially fun for book clubs where each club gets their own color!
-For FUN food items to cut out, color and glue on the place settings
-For FUN "Book Club Cafe" flags (print on color paper and hang with your board!)
Also included is a link to editable pages for:
-The placemats ( I changed mine to make a bulletin board with the book club texts on the plates)
-The Menu (to make your own options)
-The Directions pages (to correspond to your menu)
-Bulletin board flag template
I include a black and white version and also gray scale if you don't want to waste too much ink!
Supports: In my experience some students do not need all the additional directions pages to complete the menu items successfully, while others require this support. Also, some students will find the organizers too confining and would like to make their own. I recommend teaching students to do as much on their own as possible and give supports only when needed. I want them to be able to recreate the menu items in their reader’s notebooks or elsewhere in the future without copies of these resources.
Because this menu begins with an appetizer that requires students to be reading and leaving thinking tracks, students may go at different paces. This is A-OKAY! If you are reading a class text together, be sure to leave time for students to meet expectations of the task both during and after completing each chapter or section.
When I use this in my class, I make it feel like a real cafe! When students are making their "book club cafe" rules for talking and reading, I hand out the menus and take their orders for the appetizer so I only have to print and copy the right number instead of wasting paper. They also love that I am there waitress! :)
For fun and frills, this download also features “place settings” and “food” choices to cut out and glue on as way of celebrating completion of each section and for fun! In the black space students write the choice they made and glue the food item they cut and colored in the same section.
Printing: Most of the pages for student use are in grayscale so that you do not need color ink. Print them on coordinating color pages for some pizazz. Additionally some pages have two copies to a page, so you do not need one per student.
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These resources were created with my students in mind so they might need tweaking to be just right for yours. If you have a question on printing or suggestion to make the product better for your students, please email me at email@example.com and I’ll do my best to help you out. In my experience, different printers (inkjet, laser, different brands) can sometimes have different results so a test print is helpful. I like to make things in black and white and use colored paper to add some frills. :)
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