As I begin the 4th Quarter, it becomes even more challenging to engage my students! What can I do to make learning fun for my readers? I have researched the idea of interest based novel studies. For my purposes I decided to call my reading groups, book clubs in hopes to encourage reading in the remaining days of school. Spring fever is NOT allowed in my reading groups!
This notion allows them to have ownership in their group. Since, I am new to this concept, I would love your input. This is how I have it set up.
1. Survey class and determine groups.
2. Establish “rules” for the group.
3. Each member is responsible for responding in online journal/notebook.
5. Each member will make a final project.
6. Set “due date” for the final project and completion of the book.
First, I have selected award winning books and create a google form. This will allow them to rate the book choices. My groups will range in size from 2-4 students.
Next, each group will select a leader and establish reading assignments. Each day they will meet for a 10 minute discussion and every member submits their discussion notebook daily and answer at least one reflection question. (Posted on the board).
My reading group students are either identified gifted or high achieving, by creating a final project, each student will have an opportunity to showcase their talents. I have the philosophy there is no wrong way to do a project. A bingo board of choices will be used during project selection. (see below)
Since, we have a predetermined “deadline” aka the last day of school, we need to make sure we finish our reading and present our projects to the class. By setting this at the beginning, students will have a goal to finish their projects on time and will work until the end. I hope this works! What do you think?
I would love to hear from our readers, have you run a book club in your classroom? What worked, what would you do differently? Leave a comment below!