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Not Your Grandma's Book Club

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Sunday, June 23, 12:00–1:00 pm
Location: 121AB

Traci Johnson  
Literature circles and book clubs have been around for years, but how can we make them relevan? Learn how to use tools, such as Flipgrid, Twitter, G Suite and more, to enhance the lit circle. They don’t have to be overwhelming for the teacher and boring for the students!

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Personalized learning
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Language arts
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
Empowered Learner
  • Students build networks and customize their learning environments in ways that support the learning process.
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Sometimes, it seems impossible to get high school students to read an entire book. When students are used to reading only to answer questions on a multiple choice quiz, they learn to hate reading. The answer for me was lit circles with a twist. Here is a list of the schedule I used. It includes the technological resources used.

Examples of completed projects and activities are in the attendee resource section.

Here is my goal: Lit circles don’t have to be overwhelming for the teacher and boring for the students: through small round table discussions, written chats and reflections, and creative project-based learning, I’ll show you how to make book clubs cool again!


Outline the four parts of lit circles: round table discussion, written reflection, silent reading, project work time
Explain how to organize class time to incorporate all 4.
Break down each part and discuss the technological tools that enhance the activity.
Give examples of final projects.

Supporting research

Readacide by Kelly Gallagher : suggests that through "traditional" practices of focusing on making test takers, we are destroying the love of reading in students.

Sparks in the Dark by Todd Nesloney and Travis Crowder : promotes the idea of creating reader's workshops where teachers and students spend more time discussing books than they do taking tests over them.

Lit Circles meet CCSS- ELA Literacy RL 1-10

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Traci Johnson, ROWVA High School

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