Breathing New Life into Book Clubs
A Practical Guide for Teachers
Sonja and Dana have both a confession and a challenge to teachers. Managing classroom book clubs can be hard. Real hard. But honestly, is there any better way to get students vested in reading? When book clubs work, don’t they create a culture of reading unlike anything else? One that brings out the very best in our students?
With both infectious enthusiasm and a realistic perspective, Sonja and Dana take on teachers’ doubts and concerns about book clubs, and build a compelling case for their value in every classroom. They provide all the nuts and bolts for creating and managing successful book clubs, including:
• Dozens of “pitfalls and pathways” minilessons that address common roadblocks
• Tips for using technology to enhance book club work for deeper student engagement
• Suggested “book bins” for book club work, organized by grade level and genre.
Whether you’re looking to breathe new life into book clubs or begin implementing them in your classroom, Sonja and Dana give you essential strategies to make book clubs work. “Because book clubs,” they write, “are where students fall in love with reading.”
Flip Your Writing Workshop
How many times during writing workshop have you thought, “If only I could clone myself!” Dana and Sonja have a solution for finding more one-on-one teaching time during your writing workshop: flipped learning. Imagine students having access to instruction and support when they need it as often as they need it. While definitely not a replacement for you, the teacher, flipped learning allows students to:
• access a variety of minilessons on their own
• work at their own pace to study the minilesson
• move ahead or review concepts, depending on individual needs.
Meanwhile, you’ll have more time to maximize individual instruction and conferring. Dana and Sonja walk you through the “how’s” and “why’s” of flipped learning, and provide guidance for determining which minilessons should be “flipped.” They’ll illustrate what flipped learning in a writing workshop looks like by modeling a flipped lesson, and explaining the technology used. Whether you’re a novice or advanced technology user, you’ll find tech tips throughout the book that help you choose the right tools and resources for creating flipped lessons and incorporating them into your workshop.
Discover how a blended approach using flipped learning can increase efficiency in your writing workshop, while fostering independent learning and student engagement at the same time.
Using Text-Based Evidence to Construct Meaning
What does interpretation really mean? What does it look like in the classroom? How can we effectively teach students of all reading levels to be successful at constructing interpretations?
“With the Common Core calling for students to take part in the rich and rigorous work of interpretation,” write Sonja Cherry-Paul and Dana Johansen, “it is necessary for all teachers to learn how to teach this important work in ways that reach all learners.” Teaching Interpretation demystifies the interpretation process and help teachers take on the challenge of showing students how to construct, revise, and test their interpretations.
Presented in manageable chunks that can work with any curriculum, they offer a conceptual framework that makes the interpretation process transparent to both teachers and students. Lesson ideas, text recommendations, templates, and suggestions for how to differentiate help you easily incorporate the work of interpretation into your practice, while student samples and graphic organizers make it all visible.