Uncharted Territory…Starting My First Book Club (and an Amazing Giveaway!)

We started our book club yesterday! This is my first one ever (and so I may be asking for advice) but I think the kids are really going to love it! I know what you’re thinking: Why did you launch it on a Friday? That’s another story for another time.

Anyhow, the book club that goes with our grade 7 Language Arts program is themed  “This is Who I Am”. It’s all about the type of person you are, how who you are is reflected in choices that you make and how your personality can sometimes be altered by critical and pivotal points in your life. Perfectly suited for grade 7 – it even fits right along with some of our Health outcomes on choices and friendships.

The read aloud for the book club is Firegirl. It’s not filled with a lot of twists and turns, or complicated story lines. It’s a very basic story about friendship and strength character. A girl joins a class mid-year to be closer to the hospital for her treatments, as she was in a horrible accident and has disfiguring burns. The way the students in the class act toward her is very telling of their character.

I think that it was a great choice for the read aloud for a few reasons, but its simplicity is one of them. I think a lot of my students will see themselves or their classmates in the main characters in the novel. And, at the very least, they must consider what they would do if placed into the same situation. What kind of friend would they be? Would they be brave enough to befriend someone who everyone else avoids? It should be interesting and I’ll keep you posted on how it’s going.

What do you think is the most challenging part of running book clubs? What should I be aware of?


Okay – switching gears…

I also have some pretty exciting news for you…An awesome giveaway by Teacher’s Notebook begins today, Jan. 5th and runs until Jan 31st. It’s simple to enter and the winner will receive their choice of an iPad Mini, a Kindle Fire HD or a Nook HD. How amazing would that be? You can enter each day between now and the end of the month – so be sure to take a couple of minutes to get yourself entered! If I win, I want the iPad Mini!


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About krystalmills

I am a Grade 7 teacher in Prince Edward Island. Lessons From The Middle shares lessons from the classroom, and occasionally from my life as a mom of two young boys. The goal of this Canadian teacher blog is to share middle school lessons, activities and ideas from my classroom and to collaborate with the wonderful online community of teachers out there as well! Thanks for stopping by!   Find me on Facebook Twitter Pinterest Browse my TPT Store Browse my TN Store

Posted on January 5, 2013, in Education, Giveaways, Literacy, Middle School, Read Aloud, Teacher Appreciation and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I look forward to hearing more about the book club and the activities you do along the way.

  2. Krystal, I do book club with my 5th-8th grade gifted reading classes. I love them. I have them come up with questions to ask their group and each time I am amazed at the questions they ask. I have tried to really model thinking (HOT) questions and that is what they try to do also. One of the roles assigned in the club is a connections commentator and they are responsible to making connections to other texts, to themselves or to the world. Once again it is very interesting to listen to their connections. Good luck.

    • Thanks so much for the suggestions, Nancy. There seem to be so many options with book clubs! I think the main thing that we’ll be working on will be staying on topic during their discussions. They are a chatty group with LOTS of ideas and things to say – they have connections to everything! It’s put us behind a bit this year, because often times their connections are good connections – just so many! Again, we’ll see:) I may be asking for advice later;)


  3. Cool idea!
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