As you all know, the book club meetings will be held this coming Monday via video conference (students can expect a calendar invite at some point tomorrow). Click HERE to find more information on book assignments and roles. I have had some questions regarding the roles in the book club. I am hoping that this post will help clarify the expectation for each role.
Your job is to write a list of questions that your group may use to discuss the assigned part of the book. The best questions will come from your own thoughts, feelings, and ideas about this section of the book. You will also need to write your answers to the questions.
The key here is to think of “thick” questions, not “thin” questions.
Think of starting your questions with these prompts:
- Do you think…?
- What might happen if…?
- How would you feel if…?
During our discussion, you will ask your questions to the group and facilitate the conversation surrounding these questions.
Your job is to draw some kind of picture or create a visual representation such as a graphic organizer related to what you read in the assigned section. It is best if you choose a pivotal moment in the plot to draw. Don’t forget to write some justification for why you chose to draw that particular scene.
During our discussion, you will show the group your illustration and we will have to guess what part of the book you are trying to depict.
Your job is to locate a few important words in your reading. You will find the meaning of words that are puzzling, unfamiliar or very important to the story. If you come across a word that you have not seen before or are unfamiliar with its meaning, look it up and add it to your word list. The goal is to increase your vocabulary. Don’t forget to include the page number and paragraph number that you found the word
During our discussion, we will be playing a word game. You will give the page number of the word and read the definition, then the other members of your group will try to guess your word. Our goal is for all group members to understand the words in our book.
Your job is to choose a paragraph or sentences to discuss with your group. Your purpose is to help other students by highlighting something interesting, funny, scary, puzzling or important from the text. Include your reasons for picking the paragraphs or sections you did. Don’t forget to record the page number!
As you read if you come across a specific passage that speaks to you, inspires you, or makes you laugh – write it down!
During our discussion, you will be sharing the passages you chose and asking the other group members their thoughts on the passage.
Your job is to prepare a summary of the reading. Don’t tell the whole story, just focus on the important parts. The other members of the group will be counting on you to give them a quick statement that tells them about the story and the key points. Best advice for this position is to have the recording paper nearby when reading the book. At the end of each chapter, write down the major event that occurred.
During the book club meeting, you will share your top moments which should summarize the readings. Group members may debate certain events or suggestion other events to include in the timeline.
Your job is to find connections between the book you are reading and the outside world. This means connecting what you read with your own life, to what happens at school or in the community, to similar events at other times and places or to other people and problems.