• Great way to engage students
in digital literacies
• Students can participate in a
discussion from anywhere,
• Online book club
students’ multimodal reading
• Tolerance is learned and lived
in an online book club format.
Advantages with a Twist
• Selected titles will be “read-a-
likes” using different genres
• Classes chosen are from
feeder schools (K-12th)
• Triad Partnership: Teacher,
Librarian, and IT Coordinator
• Supports inverted or flipped
model of instruction where
students practice what they
learn under the guidance of a
teacher: not LECTURE based!
Vertical Feeder Online Book Clubs and
Standards for the 21st Century Learner
Standards Successfully Met:
• Standard 1: Inquire, think
critically, and gain
• Standard 2: Draw
conclusions, make informed
decisions, apply knowledge
to new situations, and
create new knowledge.
• Standard 3: Share
knowledge and participate
ethically and productively as
members of our democratic
• Standard 4: Pursue personal
and aesthetic growth.
Source: Standards for the 21st Century Learner in Action.
Chicago: American Library Association, 2009. 60-
Use Award Winning Bibliographies
Reading Lists |
Look for Commonalities
Slavery, independence, civil rights, self-rule, human dignity,
personal and corporate freedom
Choosing Two Different Genres Will:
• Historical Fiction (Chains):
• Develop an awareness of the past and its
connection to today.
• Create a community of tolerance and
• Information -Photo Essay Book
(Marching for Freedom):
• Create interest, especially with boys.
• “By grade five, many surveys of children’s
preferences show that boys, in particular, rate
nonfiction books as their favorite.” (Vardell, 234)
Source: Vardell, Sylvia M. Children’s Literature in Action
A Librarian’s Guide. Connecticut: Libraries
Unlimited, 2008, 234.
Book Club Participants
• Content of books
• Grade levels tested
• Go VERTICAL!
– High School
– Middle School
• Future high school students socializing with Juniors
• Juniors setting an example for the upcoming students
Triad Partnership at Work:
Who Does What?
Met with Teachers, IT Coordinator,
and Librarian to discuss project
Choose online format:
•ECHALK works well
•Moderator was chosen for discussion
•Create a Student Wiki
•Choose Web 2.0 Tools
•Choose Dates to Post/Publish
•Computer Lab Times
•IT Coordinator’s Role
Most Important: Two Key Factors
• Patience & Understanding
– Campus activities may interfere with scheduled events
– Teachers and students may be at different technology
– Change/ compromise on dates of activities/ readings
“Marching for Freedom”
Let Them Loose!
Bookmarks created by AHS High School, CTE Graphic Design & Illustration Class, Mr. Fernando Silva
Printed and handed out at the Author’s Presentation
Let Them Loose!
Submitted projects by: Middle School and Elementary
Design by: Nye Elementary, Ms. Z. Solis’ class
Book Jackets by: Gutierrez Elementary, Ms. S. Reyna’s Class