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Accountable Book Clubs: Focused Discussions

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Grades 7 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Eight 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Darla Salay

Burlington, New Jersey


International Literacy Association


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Professional Library



Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges: Critical Discussion of Social Issues

Through a series of picture book read-alouds, students engage in critical discussion of complex issues of race, class, and gender.


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Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 17

Oprah Winfrey launched her book club this week in 1996.

Book clubs are created within the classroom or with a grade level or different classes.


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Grades   6 – 9  |  Professional Library  |  Book

“It’s Our World Too”: Socially Responsive Learners in Middle School Language Arts

This book is a valuable resource for middle school teachers who want to use significant social issues such as race, class, and poverty to invigorate their teaching of literacy and communication skills.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

Recentering the Middle School Classroom as a Vibrant Learning Community: Students, Literacy, and Technology Intersect

Examine the ways in which community can be constructed in the middle school classroom using online electronic discussions of literature.


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