I have wanted to run a book group for a while, but was not sure how to run one. Today, I took the plunge. Starting next Tuesday, I will hold my very first meeting.
We will be using the book, Diary Of Invisible Me by Rebecca McEwen. I have 8 copies and thought I would have the students take turns and read it. I will have 6 girls join me from their study hall. I believe it will take 2-3 weeks to complete it. The book is short; only 32 pages, but the message about bullying is a good one.
I made the invitations above and will hand them out during lunch tomorrow. In addition to talking about bullying, I am hoping that this group allows some of my quietest and shyest girls to feel comfortable in a group to share and read aloud. One of my biggest goals is to get them talking.
I think the main goal of starting a book club is to have a purpose. Other things to think about are:
- when will you meet
- what book will you read
- reading level of students
- how long will it take
- will some reading take place outside of meetings
- how to catch a student up to speed if they are absent from group
Also be sure to pre-read the book. You don't want to be caught off-guard if there are curse words or mature content that you weren't expecting.
I'll let you know how it goes.
In the meantime, let me know if you have done a book group and what books you have read.
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