Through imagination, discussion, food, fun and critique the keene librarys golden sower book club introduces children to the benefits of reading. Find ideas for discussions and activities your book club will enjoy. A closed book club is ideal if you want a small club, for example, for your class or for a particular group of students. For example, they can work together on creating presentations to share with the rest of the class. A book club provides benefits for the employeeand for the employer when it is implemented with care. Here are five benefits of starting an employee book club. In 201617, my ninth graders read popular young adult titles by authors such as john green, rainbow rowell, and ernest cline. The reflection needs to come from the students not from you. Book clubs for the upper elementary classroom the rigorous owl. Today, ill explain why i use book clubs as an integral part of my reading block, and how to launch thriving book clubs in just one week.
Students can choose within book clubs their top choices on what book they want. Of course, in order for them to be an effective structure for cooperative learning, the teacher needs to intentionally. To improve student achievement with book clubs, some teachers work together to plan literacy themes. Explore options for setting up and running a book club. To some students, they were forced book clubs where.
When students have a voice and a choice, they are much more likely to be motivated. The classroom book clubs program is a variation of traditional literature circles in which groups of students read the same book and have weekly meetings to discuss their thoughts and feelings about the book. Students are still assigned or choose a small group of other students their book club for the duration of the study. The classroom book clubs method is more relaxed and less structured than many forms of literature circles, and its flexibility makes it. Some students may enjoy reading dramatic passages from the book aloud. To help you start reading more, we are sharing a few tips on launching a book club. It is during middle school that students set their lifelong. Comparatively, the benefits found in small groups of students reading the same novel. Club participation, why participation is expected to benefit youth, benefits of participation in clubs many schools and community organizations sponsor clubs for children and adolescents. Book clubs as professional development opportunities for. When book club members join you in a lunch bunch meeting, you can rely on kidwatching to note how students are developing as readers. Scholastic book clubs childrens books for parents and. Book clubs can also form over a love for a particular genre, a desire to read works by a specific author, a commitment to exploring important life questions, or a shared religious faith.
For my fifth grade students, i always give them a number of different choices of books. Using book clubs to foster student engagement teaching. Professional book clubs are receiving increased attention as one vehicle to accomplish this goal of professional development. Lit circles teach kids how to use each other as resources and become independent learners. Visit our agendas and minutes page and our icc page for additional details. Benefits of starting a book club at your workplace. Mar 30, 2015 some book clubs are formed out of love for a profession like book clubs for teachers. Students need to evaluate their own work along with their groups teamwork. For example, neil blumenthal, the founder of eyeglass maker warby parker, explained the benefits of his company wide book clubs here. In a book club, your employees learn new concepts and new ways of doing activities that they can apply in their workplace.
Apr 10, 2017 ideas for how to do better book clubs in middle school april 10, 2017 april 10, 2017 pernille ripp in 2015, i wrote a post discussing how i was doing book clubs with my 7th graders and how their ideas had shaped our process to be more powerful. Some people may not enjoy the book, but everyone can agree that it taught them something that translates not only into the work they do at the office, but. Books clubs can be an effective way to use these natural tendencies as a positive tool to engage middle school students in literature. Book clubs are great to use for students from elementary to high school. When i was in the sixth grade, we had what our teachers would call literature circles. The last major component to book clubs is selfreflection. Aug 07, 2018 these issues alone seem reason enough to abandon book clubs, but then i think about the research demonstrating that independent reading and student choice in reading are significant factors in helping students improve as readers. Mar 20, 2014 for the week leading up to clubs this year, i placed all of the book possibilities on our back table.
Kemetia foley extolls the virtues of the humble tome. However, you can also reap benefits when department members, for example, read together on a book of. Book clubs at work are a serious employee development opportunity. Clubs club participation, why participation is expected to. Student book clubs michigan english language teaching. A book talk could sell your students on the idea of picking up a new title or author or give them the push they need to. Book clubs services to schools national library of new zealand. Minilessons that support effective book clubs center for. In fact, survey results show that the higher the level of student involvement is, the higher student grades are and the more likely students are to reenroll the next semester. Student discounts tickets some smc theater productions. Jul 02, 2018 get dozens of teacher and student tips.
Tips for starting a book club in your school plus resources that describe the benefits of reading. Since my students read their books out of class, i dedicate every friday to book clubs. We have found that the use of the fish bowl strategy helps with selfreflection tremendously. For example, the get into reading project has set up over 50 book clubs in settings such as psychiatric facilities, care homes, homeless shelters, and libraries. Parents at northwood elementary get involved in school academics by participating in a school book club that promotes fun and a love of reading. Funding for club activities and projects clubs will continue to receive funding, except for inperson activitiesevents. Book clubs are vital in inspiring deeper levels of learning for students in their reading of literature, and essential in developing selfmotivated responsibility for. Some educators believe that in order to make students better readers they must be taught to ask better questions. It started when i read this vaguely dismissive piece in the new york times about why reading has become too social and should remain a fundamentally private experience. Differentiation you can put book club groups together based on reading levels and also interests. May 25, 2011 imho, the trick is not to join a book club full of your best friends.
But i find book clubs more interesting when none of my close friends are in them. How to run a fullchoice book club in your classroom. Online book club promotes student literacy education world. These benefits can be reaped by businesspeople who join book clubs composed of friends and community members, as well as those who join clubs composed of.
Linda garner, a teacher librarian and a school library journal slj school librarian of the year finalist, shares some great tips on running a virtual book club for middle schoolers. Choosing awardwinning books helped to show the kids what good books are. There are several different opinions about which reading method will yield the greatest growth in the improvement of student comprehension. If you think about it, the book club format has really been around for a long time. Effective literacy circles and book clubs center for the. Aug 11, 2017 book clubs are actually used in business to help workers grow closer to one another and work more efficiently. Four benefits to book clubs in the workplace executive. Scholastic book clubs childrens books for parents and teachers. This post is the first in a threepart series about how to run a book club in your classroom. This is the first installment in a series of seven posts with ideas and suggestions for running effective literacy circles or book clubs with students from second grade through high school. There are actually many variations on the same themea reader has much to gain by reading the same thing as others fellow students or the like and then by talking about what was read with them.
Joining a student organization presents many opportunities to. The nook book club explores many types of stories and takes into account what our students want to read providing them with the agency. I prefer student led book clubs because they tend to focus on childrens natural curiosity while reading rather than the artificial roles assigned in literature circles. Introduce families to just right books our monthly flyers will no longer be sorted by individual grade level.
It is more often called simply a book club, a term that is also used to describe a book sales club, which can cause confusion. The following lists some of the many benefits and rewards that result from active participation in campus and student life. The advantages of a book club in a middle school classroom. What benefits do you see when your students are working in a book club.
The benefits of attending a book club isu cewt blog. The research around book clubs shows several benefits. Virtual book clubs can help engage students in independent reading by giving them opportunities to stay connected beyond the classroom, says ryan kinser. Book clubs seemingly enhance many aspects of peoples lives.
A book talk may be just the tool you need to engage your students in a new book. It is in community and accountability where we find one of the most compelling benefits of the book club. Book clubs are a voluntary, student centered activity. Scholastic book clubs is the best possible partner to help you get excellent childrens books into the hands of every child, to help them become successful lifelong readers and discover the joy and power of good books.
Here at pi, members of the executive team regularly attend and sometimes host our monthly book club. Having a reader identity means that our sons, daughters, students, partners, friends, and colleagues witness for themselves the pleasure that we find in reading. Yes, the students gained these benefits, but i also learned a thing or two about the advantages of having board games in my classroom. Engagement increases when students have autonomy over their reading. You will meet people who share an interest with you, and you will widen your social network beyond your course and the people you live with. He says, from a team dynamic standpoint, it helps build stronger working relationships. Book clubs provide student choice student choice goes hand in hand with student motivation. Book club conversation allows new ideas to be presented, building up a students understanding. Differentiation you can put book club groups together based on reading levels and also interests 2. After all, ill probably end up talking about books with my close friends anyway. Classroom book clubs transformed my reading instruction and led to huge gains in my students reading comprehension and fluency. What is a book talk your guide to making them work in the. Provide meaningful selections during book clubs, i offer five or six books that are related either to a whole class text or to each other by topic, theme, genre, or author. However, there are also real gains in terms of your employability the skills, qualities and knowledge you.
Book club shows kids the benefits of reading local news. Students are usually given the opportunity to select one of several books that theyd like to read. Book clubs are an opportunity for students to form partnerships in reading. You want your students to read more, but the books arent exactly flying off the classroom bookshelves. Everyone who works at scholastic book clubs is focused on one thing. To make it supereasy for you to implement book clubs in your classroom, ive created a series of 5 video tutorials to explain everything in a stepbystep manner. Recent literacy research has revealed that choice is the key ingredient in a successful reading program.
Consider the consequences of being unprepared for a book discussion. Book clubs and partnerships play a crucial role in supporting student. Yet, i remember the unofficial book club at my office unfolding right in front of me as my director and one of my coworkers discovered they were both reading the same book. Theyve all read the material and are ready to complete whatever activity for skills building and discussion that i have ready. While your book choice may be set, make as many other decisions as possible with. You can put book club groups together based on reading levels. Ideas for how to do better book clubs in middle school. The second post details how to establish expectations and create a schedule, and the third post discusses accountability and assessment procedures. Clubs and the inter club council are meeting remotely. Book choice students can choose within book clubs their top choices on what book they want to read. Teachers further extend the experience through direct modeling and book club shadowing between teacher book clubs and student book clubs. The reading is not evaluated in the traditional way. Apr 19, 2017 whether youre considering a classroom book club for the first time, or are already guiding your students through their third book this year, heres a list of benefits and some tips for success you can employ right away. Whether youre considering a classroom book club for the first time, or are already guiding your students through their third book this year, heres a list of benefits and some tips for success you can employ right away.
So as i resolve to keep book clubs, i attempt to identify a few keys to making sure theyre successful. This gives leaders at every level a chance to interact with our senior team. Minilessons that support effective book clubs center. Top 5 benefits of an office book club from the employees perspective its great to sit around the table, in a safe and welcoming environment, and let ideas and opinions flow freely. Benefits of joining a student society allaboutcareers. To say that there was a buzz about book clubs all week would be an understatement. At each book clubs core, though, is the belief that members achieve.
The fact that this research was done with literacy professionals, teachers most likely to have been exposed to book clubs. The power of literature circles in the classroom edutopia. As stated in previous sections of this series, mini lessons are not a necessary part of literacy circles book clubs. Students can go into their book club groups with a toolbox paper. Book clubs can present opportunities for students to express their ideas in ways that fit their learning style. School book club gets kids and adults involved beyond social activities and fundraising.
Literature circles can be a place for cooperative learning. They can also have a say about who to be with in a book group. This is the fourth installment in a series of posts with ideas and suggestions for running effective literacy circles or book clubs with students from second grade through high school. Middle school students are typically social and like to talk. Crossfunctional book club members for company team building and the crossfunctional viewpoint are preferred in many employee book clubs. The advantages of a book club in a middle school classroom autonomy. Each year, there are more than 300 active student clubs on campus open to all students from the cheese club to the superhero club in addition to schoolbased clubs, which are exclusive to nyu schools or academic programs. Students read a book together, collaborate to get a job done, and share in the joy of exploring a book together. These books clubs are designed to incite selfreflection and foster positive change in the participants lives. Nycs district 75 published their middle school units of study, developing autonomy when engaging with literature, online. The social aspect and autonomy of book clubs appeal to middle school students and provide motivation as well as opportunities to expand knowledge. Literature circles allow students to make choices about their learning. Also, please feel free to email me or write a comment with your question.
Enabled students transferred these skills from the book clubs into their learning within other disciplines, and with other peers in social settings, which further encouraged them as readers in their book club discussions. Aug 05, 2017 this post is the first in a threepart series about how to run a book club in your classroom. Pendleton for some tasty treats and to help support elementary school book clubs in the pendleton school district, the friends of the pendleton public library is hosting its annual bake sale. As an extra benefit, the parents are able to practice their. Book clubs for secondary classrooms faulkners fast five.
Another benefit to doing book clubs is that they make the perfect addition to an author study. Reveal the book club idea, like a fun surprise, building anticipation about the way were going to experience our. But no matter if you are a book club purist or a book club hybridist, here are three steps with four free guides for setting up and assessing book clubs in your classes. Students help each other understand a text and make sense of it. While its tempting to stick with your cliche, a book club is a great way to extend your circle and get to know new people. These clubs provide opportunities for youth to participate in activities, interact with peers in a supervised setting, and form relationships with adults. Mar 01, 2012 book clubs are great to use for students from elementary to high school. But ill learn more from drawing upon a wider range of individuals. All children desperately need more opportunities to make choices in school. We always do these with our favorite author, roald dahl. Take a look at these 12 reasons why you should join a student organization while getting your graduate degree. In it they list some of the benefits of book clubs in the classroom. You can maximize the health benefits of reading by starting or joining a book club. The obvious benefit of joining a student society is the impact it will have on your social life.
We spoke with michael corbett, bentleys associate director of graduate student and academic services, about why he believes student organizations are worthwhile, and he gave us a significant list of benefits. Each middle school student has a unique way of learning. Today, ill explain why i use book clubs as an integral part of my reading block, and how to launch thriving book clubs in just one week like literature circles, book clubs put students in the drivers seat and require kids to take ownership of their reading. Book clubs are actually used in business to help workers grow closer to one another and work more efficiently. Socializing with fellow book lovers can also help older adults avoid the health risks associated with isolation, such as high blood pressure and depression. Imagine the topics being learnergenerated and the discussion natural, without formal comprehension questions or postreading exercises. Book clubs are a great way to engage students with reading and help build a reading culture at your school. Book clubs and partnerships play a crucial role in supporting student comprehension and also in making the reading process a social one nichols, 2006. The classroom book clubs program also includes all of the printables shown in the videos as well as a study and planning guide for you. Students naturally think while reading, and a student led book club teaches students to pay attention to these musings and note them down. As stated in previous sections of this series, mini lessons are not a necessary part of literacy circlesbook.
One of the cornerstones of book club is student choice, and this element begins with allowing students to select their text. I magine your students, sitting in small groups of. According to the american psychological association. For california mom jan robertson, forming a parentchild book club was a way of encouraging her 9yearold daughters academic interests, and, she says, it is a great bonding experience.
Our experiences with this book club have reminded us of the powerful ways that book clubs can impact our reading and writing. I told the students that they were allowed to read the book jacket, but that was it, no peeking inside. Deb started a motherdaughter book club two years ago, knowing that it would likely benefit all those involved, and gretchen was happy to help in this effort. A book discussion club is a group of people who meet to discuss a book or books that they have read and express their opinions, likes, dislikes, etc. Offer books that are at the comfort or independent reading levels of students. Although there are so many reasons that i could write about, i will focus on what i believe to be some of the most important benefits. The newly redesigned literary book club site also recommends a featured site of the week a student or teacher web site that promotes literacy and provides a book lists page, which offers links to web sites containing lists of books that might be of interest to students or teachers.443 1436 1048 24 1542 784 1361 1330 1154 1567 788 466 1037 529 457 97 406 42 421 441 1165 897 1418 5 1339 257 1288 679 1179 230 1181 596 1161 909 830 1261 402 367 380 663 1016 846 199 575