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Book Clubs: Reading for Fun

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Book Clubs: Reading for Fun

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Recurring Lesson
Estimated Time Introduction: 50 minutes; thereafter: 10 minutes per session
Lesson Author

Traci Gardner

Traci Gardner

Blacksburg, Virginia


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






  • Multiple copies of texts for student groups to use, either from the library or your personal collection.

  • Chart paper and markers.

  • (Optional) Internet access to an online book club site where groups can post details about their readings.

  • (Optional) McClure, Amy and Janice Kristo, Eds. 2002. Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for Pre-K-Grade 6. 13th Ed. Urbana, National Council of Teachers of English. This booklist may help the teacher choose books for students.

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Graphic Map

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Graphic Map

The Graphic Map assists teachers and students in reading and writing activities by charting the high and low points related to a particular item or group of items, such as events during a day or chapters in a book.


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  • Gather multiple copies of books from your school's library or your personal collection.

  • Check online book club resources, such as the ones listed in the Websites section to find sites appropriate for your students.

  • (Optional) Set up a favorite books file—a notebook located near the class library will work. This booklist in Amy McClure and Janice Kristo's Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for Pre-K-Grade 6 may be helpful in choosing books and showing an example of book lists.

  • Make copies of reading portfolio forms and book review forms, in the Printouts section, if desired.

  • If desired for the extension, test the Graphic Map on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tool and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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