Book groups are a great way to share the experience of reading and exploring a novel. They also offer you the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to effectively engage in academic discourse - an element of e Competency # 4 - Listening/Speaking/Viewing.
Note: Particpation in a book group does not replace regular entries in your Reader's & Writer's Notebook.
Each semester, you will have the opportunity to take part in more than one kind of book group experience.
Book Group Experience # 1: Form Your Own Book Group
Once you have decided to form a book group, create a sub-folder within your personal Readers & Writer's Notebook folder. Share this folder with every member of your book group and Mrs. Juster. This folder will hold the MP3 recordings of your book group discussions and you book group's schedule/calendar.
To create a calendar for your book group, use a document or use the calendar feature of Google Classroom - just remember to invite group members.
When it's time for a book group discussion, download and print the following items:
These print-outs will help you structure/focus your discussion and are intended as guides only. Keep in mind that book groups work best when roles are rotated.
Book Group Experience # 2: Online Book Group Discussion with Mrs. Juster
In the fall semester, Mrs. Juster will host book group discussions for Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. To join the book group discussion, see Mrs. Juster for details. These discussions can help add depth and clarity to your reading. It is open to any of Mrs. Juster's current students who have read or are reading this novel.
In the spring semester, Mrs. Juster will host book group discussions for John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. To join the book group discussion, see Mrs. Juster for details. These discussions can help add depth and clarity to your reading. It is open to any of Mrs. Juster's current students who have read or are reading this novel.
Online Book Group Discussion Rules:
Limit your responses to the discussion topic(s). You may create a sub-topic but it must be related to the literary work which is the focus of the book group.
Keep in mind that an online book group discussion is a recorded academic discussion; therefore, your academic integrity will be reflected (and recorded) in the discussion.
WARNING: Participants in our online book group discussion who fail to follow these rules will face disciplinary action which may include serious administrative action.