Students chose which book club they would like to be a part of. Right now, Horrible Harry is the most popular club. Because of Winn Dixie also received rave reviews from our class.
Before they meet, students must read at least half of the book. They create a journal entry with: parts of the book that were interesting to them, questions they have, and how they would change the book if they were the author. These journal entries are the basis for our book club discussions. By using of hand signals, students keep the current topic going until it is exhausted. At this point, they can signal they have a new topic to discuss. After the teacher models these discussions with the class, the students take charge!
Book clubs for kids are just like the adult versions. They gather together to laugh, discuss their favorite books, and have a great time.