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How To: Create Fun and Engaging Book Clubs for M.Y. Students

Book clubs are an excellent extracurricular activity that blend the academic benefits of reading with the social benefits of a club/group atmosphere. Middle Years students are a great age to partake in a book club. As a teacher, you will be bolstering interest in reading, helping students to develop their discussion skills and providing a fun activity all at once. Where to begin: Read On!
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How To: Create Fun and Engaging Book Clubs for M.Y. Students
  • utopiaelementarysmc.wikispaces.com
    utopiaelementarysmc.wikispaces.com

    Starting a Student Book Club

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    Melissa Williams says:
    A nearly perfect article in terms of helpfulness is you are considering a book club. How to promote it? How to choose books? What kinds of discussion questions? The article answers all of the important questions. I found it to be a very informative read.
  • Melissa Williams says:
    This site deals with providing practical ways to integrate Grade 5 Reading Standards relating to Common Core, with book clubs. It's a fantastic resource that clearly outlines the desired outcomes and gives very specific details for implementation with your book club!
  • Melissa Williams says:
    Interested in taking a more technological approach to your book club? I loved how this concept would allow for the book club to be inclusive of a broader range of students. The suggestions for creating an online book club made me feel excited about the idea (which I had not really thought of before). Definitely worth considering!
  • Melissa Williams says:
    This is a blog post detailing specifically with achieving success in Middle Years Book Clubs. I loved the tone of the post and the wonderful advice from a teacher who obviously has an affection for reading that I can relate to. The advice that directly pertains to middle schoolers is welcome as it can sometimes be harder to find.
  • Melissa Williams says:
    Literature Circles (aka book clubs) are a great way to cause fascinating discussions to take place. They get children really involved in their reading and allow them to express themselves and share ideas with their peers. I really enjoyed this video; listening in on a class having group discussions about various novels was interesting. The concepts the children were discovering and helping others to discover were impressive!
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    slj.com

    Must-Read Middle School Book Club Novels

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    Melissa Williams says:
    This list outlines some of the most engaging books for Middle Schoolers, to be used in a book club. They are well-chosen books that would absolutely spark discussion. The main characters in each book are either animals or children themselves, making them all relatable to your group members. The site includes links to further resources and teaching guides to help you plan your activities. I enjoy lists such as these, as they give me new ideas for novels to try.
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