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Accountable Book Clubs: Focused Discussions
|Grades||7 – 8|
|Lesson Plan Type||Unit|
|Estimated Time||Eight 45-minute sessions|
Burlington, New Jersey
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- About 10 copies of Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Muñoz Ryan (Scholastic, 2005)
- About 10 copies of Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan (Scholastic, 2002)
- Computers with Internet access
- Books About Social Issues
- Critical Thinking Map Example
- Critical Thinking Map
- Collaborative Homework Questions
- Rubric for Paired Book Club Discussions
|1.||Read the two books recommended for the lesson: Esperanza Rising and Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Muñoz Ryan or choose two other books that deal with a common theme or current social issue. For example, Hoot (Random House Children’s Books, 2004), Flush (Random House Children’s Books, 2007), and Scat (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2009) all by Carl Hiassen deal with environmental and ethical issues.
|2.||Choose several picture books to use as read-alouds to introduce the concept of social issues. The picture books should deal with social issues similar to those in the novels, such as race, class, gender, labor relations, fairness, and power (see Books About Social Issues). Alternatively, complete the ReadWriteThink lesson Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges: Critical Discussion of Social Issues.
|3.||The week before the lesson read aloud a picture book each day. Discuss how the social issues are affecting the characters’ lives. For example, in Amelia’s Road by Linda Jacobs Altman (Lee & Low Books, 1995), labor and social class affect Amelia’s feeling of belonging.
|4.||Make a chart of the various social issues you have discussed for students to reference.
|5.||Determine which students will read each book. One way to do this is to give a short book talk on each book and have students sign up for the one that most interests them.
|6.||Set up a wiki for each book group using PBworks.
|7.||Make a copy for each book group of the Critical Thinking Map. Make a copy for each student of the Critical Thinking Map Example, Collaborative Homework Questions, and Rubric for Paired Book Club Discussions.
|8.||If students do not all have Internet access at home, schedule times when they can use the lab or classroom computers for homework assignments following Sessions 1–6.