Many classes have launched book clubs. Below you will find some information about these exciting clubs!
Why Book Clubs?
Book Clubs provide a new and enjoyable way for your child to develop many literacy skills. Simply by reading books in preparation for book club meetings, your child will increase his/her fluency. Also, your student will have an opportunity to apply their own personal reading process to the novel. Through the discussion that takes place at book club meetings, your child will develop a deeper understanding of books, consider other readers' points of view on the same book and practice analyzing the books he/she reads. Finally, book clubs help children develop important language skills. Book discussions help children practice turn-taking, encourage them to use language to analyze, make predictions and solve problems, and provide them with opportunities to try out new vocabulary words.
How do Book Clubs work?
Once book matches (by level) are made, the students meet with their group to determine what they will have to accomplish on a daily basis to reach their goal of completion. Once the clubs are up and running, the students read their assigned pages either during ELA or at home. Every day the students are given a job to give them a purpose for their reading that day. The students will bring their answers to the next book club meeting to discuss with the other members in the group. When students are given a purpose for their reading, they are more successful with comprehension of the text. Book clubs will meet daily for 10-15 minutes to discuss what was read the day before and to make sure everyone is at the same place in the book.
How can parents help?
The best way to help your child be successful in their book club is to make sure that they have time carved out of their day to complete the reading assignment and answer the guiding questions of the day. Talk to your child about what they are reading. The children should be able to give you intelligent, well crafted answers to questions about characters, setting, theme, inferences, connections, or their opinion of the writing itself. Engaging your student in conversation will show the child that you value what is happening in the classroom. Help hold your child accountable. The rest of his/her book club is relying on your student to do his part. Please make sure that the reading is completed daily.