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12 Word Book Summaries – A Great Way to End our Book Clubs

Once in a while I get a surprise package of books at my house.  It honestly feels like Christmas.  And while I love my chapter books as I try to figure out who the Global Read Aloud contenders should be, when picture books show up it is an even bigger celebration.  So imagine my delight… Continue reading 12 Word Book Summaries – A Great Way to End our Book Clubs

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My Students Still Hate Book Clubs, So Now What?

I knew I was up against some pretty deep-seated negative notions, but I guess I didn’t know how deep they really ran until yesterday when I started to read my end-of-year surveys.  One questions asked, “What is the one thing Mrs. Ripp should never have 7th graders do?” Usually answers are varied, spread across an… Continue reading My Students Still Hate Book Clubs, So Now What?

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How to Do Book Clubs in the Middle School Classroom

I knew when I moved to 7th grade that book clubs would be one of the things that moved with me.  That shared reading experience where students would get to just read and discuss is something I have loved having in the classroom the past few years.  I knew it would be a  different experience… Continue reading How to Do Book Clubs in the Middle School Classroom

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Why Book Clubs Suck And We Need to Talk About It

I had meticulously made my lists.  I had thoughts of habits, tastes, personalities, reading preferences, pace and yes, even their assessment data.  I had scoured the book room, gone book shopping spending my own money and used most of my Scholastic points.  More than 50 choices awaited my students, I couldn’t wait to start book… Continue reading Why Book Clubs Suck And We Need to Talk About It

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For the Love of Book Clubs – Creating Meaningful Conversations

“….I think you are right because…” “…on page he said…” “…I really connected with…” I am drifting around my classroom listening in on the book club conversations happening during reading.  Some times I stop and guide, other times I just listen, smile and move on.  What a glorious sight indeed, 26 students discussing their books.… Continue reading For the Love of Book Clubs – Creating Meaningful Conversations