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The CanLit Book Club Guide is meant to be a self-directed activity for Middle and Secondary level students, to encourage them to start their own independent book club, to read good quality books and to discuss what they learn from reading these books.
Each guide comes with a simple flowchart depicting the steps students could go through to start a book club of their own, including the kinds of things they might need to make the club successful.
Each Book Club Guide comes with general guidelines, as well as some common sense (but often forgotten) discussion guidelines.
These guides are designed to help students make choices about books to read and to share their thoughts about what they have read with others – hopefully enjoying the whole reading process. Author biographies are included in the guide along with an introduction to the novel as well as any reviews that might be available.
CanLit also provides two types of “exploratory” questions. If students decide to read through the novel in sections and then meet with club members to discuss at the end of each section, they will find the “Self-directed “section questions” for discussion” most valuable.
If students decide to read the novel in its entirety, then they will find the “Self-directed “end of book” discussion questions” to be of most value.
Finally, at the end of the guide there is a section entitled “Self-directed “Do your own thing” discussion questions” which provides students with an opportunity to consider and pose their own questions related to the novel.
There are no formal evaluative processes suggested in these guides.