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Learning Clubs: Motivating Middle School Readers and Writers

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Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Six 45-minute sessions
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Heather Casey, Ph.D.

Heather Casey, Ph.D.

Lawrenceville, New Jersey

Suzanne Gespass

Lawrenceville, New Jersey


International Literacy Association


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Professional Library



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 – 12  |  Strategy Guide

Differentiating the Reading Experience for Students

In this Strategy Guide, you’ll learn approaches that can help you differentiate the reading experience for students depending on their age, interests, and ability.


Grades   3 – 12  |  Strategy Guide

Teaching With Glogster: Using Virtual Posters in the Classroom

Why stop at paper and markers? With Glogster, a free, web-based tool, students can develop virtual posters including audio, video, text, hyperlinks, and images, and share their creations electronically.


Grades   5 – 12  |  Strategy Guide

Bringing Lessons to Life with Animoto

Using Animoto, a free Web 2.0 tool, students can develop short digital videos that include music, photos, video clips, and text as well as share their creations electronically.


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Grades   6 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

Engaging the Disengaged: Using Learning Clubs to Motivate Struggling Adolescent Readers and Writers

This article describes the use of learning clubs to motivate struggling students to engage in literacy events and foster literacy development.


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