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Book clubs and beyond

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Book clubs and beyond

  1. 1. Book Clubs and Beyond: Encouraging Reading for Pleasure and Personal Growth 4 May 2017 Presenter: Nicole Marton – U.S. Fulbright Scholar | Cahul, Moldova
  2. 2. Objectives  Discover important benefits of reading that will increase one’s motivation to read more.  Discuss in-classroom and out-of-the-classroom methods to encourage reading.  Learn strategies for starting and facilitating a successful book club.  Become familiar with online reading platforms.  Reflect on my own experiences with book clubs.
  3. 3. Why Read?
  4. 4. Benefits of Reading  Mental Stimulation  Stress Reduction  Increased Diversity of Knowledge  Vocabulary Expansion  Improved Memory  Increased Empathy  Stronger Critical and Analytical Thinking Skills  Improved Focus and Concentration  Better Writing Skills  Improved Mood  Free Entertainment
  5. 5. Strategies to Increase Student Reading  Classroom Reading  Intensive  Extensive  Book Clubs
  6. 6. Classroom Reading: Intensive  Teachers choose short and very interesting texts (30-35 minutes maximum)  Push student levels/build skills  Make detailed analysis of content and vocabulary, using dictionaries and other tools  Test for comprehension and vocabulary retention Extensive  Students choose their own longer texts to read over an extended period of time.  Adhere to student level or err slightly below level/maintain already developed skills, instead stressing reading for pleasure  No more than 4-5 unknown words per page, which should be easily deciphered from context (avoid using dictionaries)  Evaluation done with book reports, summaries, creative writing, and artwork based on students’ interpretations and takeaways.
  7. 7. Classroom Reading: Intensive  News articles  Informative pieces  Short stories  Blog posts Extensive  Graded Readers  Bilingual Books  Native Novels/Novellas  Magazines  Comic Books
  8. 8. My Intensive Reading Method 1. Pre-reading vocabulary 2. Pre-reading predictions 3. Listening to the story in its entirety without stopping 4. Asking students how much they picked up 5. Student reading paragraph by paragraph 6. Translating (in groups) 7. Post-translation comprehension questions that deal with the plot, characters, setting and theme 8. Vocabulary quizzes 9. Writing or art assignment 10. Film adaptation with comparison to text version
  9. 9. Student Reading Paragraph by Paragraph  Round Robin  Popcorn  Popsicle sticks  Choral Reading  Partner Reading  Echo Reading  The Crazy Professor Reading Game
  10. 10. Book Clubs
  11. 11. Book Clubs: Benefits  No marks = less anxiety = better marks  Everyone is engaged  Increase confidence in speaking publicly  Develop leadership and accountability  Read material you may not otherwise have chosen, and perhaps learn in a fun and interesting way about subjects you’d otherwise find uninteresting  Interact with different viewpoints during in-depth discussions; learn how to gracefully disagree with someone and appreciate alternate ideas; discover your inherent values and maybe your unfounded biases  Experience other cultures (“travel” virtually)  Become a more successful writer and build creative ideas more easily  Make friends
  12. 12. How to Have a Successful Book Club  Start planning a couple months early  Have participants sign up, and make sure that everyone is more or less on the same reading level. It may also be a good idea to limit participation to a certain number  Involve interested participants in choosing a day of the week and time  Establish a location, or talk to participants about rotating the location  Involve participants in choosing a theme *including whether they prefer short stories or full-length books) and a NAME!  Make a list of books/stories (make sure it is a realistic amount for how long you plan your club will be active), and let participants contribute ideas  Create a Facebook page for your book club, where you can post reminders about meetings, and where participants can continue discussions  Make a Goodreads account for the group; or have each participant make their own account, and create a group  Have food and drinks at the meeting  Decide if the bulk of reading should be done at home or during the club meetings  Rotate the leader who will facilitate the discussion each week. This person should come prepared with questions for the group.  Decide if you want your reading to be intensive or extensive.
  13. 13. Book Club Theme Ideas
  14. 14. Online Platforms  Story Nory  Many Things  Project Gutenberg  Read Print  Many Books  Librivox  International Children’s Digital Library  Bibliomania  Open Library  The Literature Network
  15. 15. Exploring Culture through American Literature  Exploring Culture through American Literature" is an English Reading Club investigating racial, cultural, ...ethnic, and gender conflict in United States history through the reading and discussion of American short stories and excerpts from American novels. Come learn about a lesser-known side of American history, while improving your English language skills and cultural awareness. Discover how literature can expose injustice and contribute to its resolution.
  16. 16. Exploring Culture through American Literature  Who’s Passing for Who? by Langston Hughes  Desiree’s Baby by Kate Chopin  The Homecoming by Frank Yerby  The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin  Trifles by Susan Glaspell  Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway  Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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