Imagine your students clustered into small groups around your room, excitedly discussing the books they're reading. As you move from group to group, you see them smiling, nodding, actively engaged. You don't have to wonder if they're reading - you know they're reading! They're pointing to pages in their books, defending their opinions, making predictions, and sharing their favorite parts. How could they NOT be reading?
You've just observed the excitement of Classroom Book Clubs, an easy and effective variation of traditional Literature Circles. You won't have to assign roles because your students will learn how to talk about books naturally as you might do in your own book club.
Worried about meeting Common Core State Standards? Using Classroom Book Clubs will help you meet the marjority of the CCSS for Speaking and Listening! Download the CCSS reference on the right to see exactly which standards are met by Literature Circles and Book Clubs.
Now you can learn how to use Classroom Book Clubs in your own classroom. I've created a series of video slidecast lessons that walk you through the process, step-by-step.
I've spent 15 years experimenting with Literature Circles in my classroom, and I finally found an approach that students enjoy, an approach that's free of cumbersome management systems. Click the video below and let me explain how it works. To find out what others think, read what teachers are saying about this new resource.
Classroom Book Clubs Explained Step-by-Step
To make it super-easy for you to implement book clubs in your classroom, I've created a series of video slidecasts just like the one above to explain everything in a step-by-step manner. The program includes a set of 5 video slidecasts with a complete selection of printables and a study guide. In this course you'll learn exactly how to do Literature Circles without roles, and you'll discover that it's easier than you thought!
Affordable Alternative to Traditional Workshops - Because it's tough to take time from school and travel to a workshop, teachers have been asking for eLearning options. I'm excited to offer this series of slidecasts as my first alternative to a traditional workshop. If you were to attend a half-day workshop on this topic, you could expect to pay $75 to $100, not including your hotel and travel expenses. Now you can download the slidecasts and other materials and watch them at your leisure for less than $20! If you are interested in purchasing this for an entire staff, please visit my Site License page to see the prices.
Classroom Book Clubs Video Slidecast Series
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Classroom Book Clubs
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Classroom Book Clubs are a variation of traditional Literature Circles, or Literary Circles, as they are sometimes known. In this model, groups of students read the same book and have weekly meetings to discuss their thoughts and feelings about the book. This method is more relaxed and less structured than many forms of Literature Circles, and its flexibility makes it more adaptable to a variety of classrooms and students. Teachers who have used this method find that their students enjoy the social aspects of reading and discussing books. It's not designed to be a total reading program; instead, you can integrate it into your existing reading program. Each round of Classroom Book Clubs takes only 2 to 3 weeks, so it allows you to add a little variety to your literacy program.
The course includes the lessons listed below as well as printables, a study guide, and an outline for taking notes. To view a 2-minute overview of what you'll learn in this course, click on the video image on the right. I'll explain exactly what you can expect from this program, including a little information about each of the following lessons. (Note: Depending on the browser and media player you are using, the video may play immediately or it may prompt you to download it and open it. )
Lessons Included in Classroom Book Clubs:
"Classroom Book Clubs is so very well organized for a busy teacher! You can view each segment either consecutively or independently and then quickly implement Classroom Book Clubs with your students. Each slidecast is chock full of helpful information that is designed to help you feel confident and competent from the beginning. Her methods make it easy to be successful. Laura expertly breaks it down day by day, and even minute by minute so you won't waste a moment of valuable instructional time. The accompanying worksheets are teacher and student-friendly. This is not a one-size-fits-all program, as she offers many options to make CBC work for real classrooms filled with students of every learning style. Laura has thoughtfully designed a high quality and practical professional learning package that works! Thank you, Laura, for sharing your expertise with me!" ~ Tammi Pittaro
"I have always been a big fan of Laura Candler’s materials, and Classroom Book Clubs has become one of my favorites! She provides detailed information for starting Book Clubs and all the printouts I need to run a Book Club. Besides a step-by-step slidecast with pictures and Laura’s voice walking me through each step, there are pages of PDF files that I can print out and use immediately in my classroom as handouts for my students to use.
I am one of those teachers who buy professional books, I but never get a chance to sit down and read them! Thank goodness for Laura’s slidecasts! I can listen to her explain everything while I look at her slidecast and PDF files simultaneously. Her voice is clear and calm, and she explains with insight as a teacher who has tried and used all of these ideas and materials in her own classroom.
Laura Candler is not about educational theory. Instead, she has great ideas, fantastic handouts for the class, and everything she does is about sharing with other teachers how to successfully implement her great ideas in the classroom. After reviewing these materials, I started up my own Classroom Book Club, and it is running daily in my classroom.
I couldn’t have had the confidence to start without Laura’s great slidecasts and PDF printouts. Laura makes me look good because I am able to use her fantastic strategies in my classroom. Her materials give me the confidence to begin, not just add another book on my shelf to look at sometime in the future." ~ Francie Kugelman
"As a parent of two children with special needs who runs a non-profit to help families and children with Autism, I don't have much time to fit in anything extra. However with kids with Autism learning in so many different ways, I need to keep up on different things to help them. I use a great deal of the teaching materials and ideas from Laura Candler. Her materials are so hands on and so adaptable that they work great with so many kids that learn in different ways from the norm, including the kids that I work with on the Autism Spectrum. This is why I was so excited about Laura’s new Classroom Book Club materials and training. Not only was I able to listen to the trainings while doing the dishes and driving the kids to therapies, but the downloading and printing was so easy that I could learn something that I really think the kids will love without taking a day away for professional development or getting behind in everything else I need to get done. I can’t wait to get this started!" ~ Lori Swan
If you are experienced with Literature Circles, you may just want to purchase the Classroom Book Clubs Mini Pack alone. If so, you can purchase that item as a separate ebook, but it does not come with the slidecast movies.
Classroom Book Clubs
If you are not happy with your purchase of Classroom Book Clubs, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your refund options. If you purchased a CD, you'll need to return the CD in good condition within 30 days. I can make this guarantee because I'm that sure you'll find these reading instruction strategies to be extremely effective with your students. ~ Laura Candler