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Mrs. G. from Chapin SC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Multi-Genre Book Clubs - Part II

The cost of 33 books including titles such as Skeleton Key and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants purchased from Barnes and Noble is $398, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

  • $398 goal

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The most wonderful thing about reading is being able to discuss and debate ideas, characters, and conflicts with people who have read the same text. For adults, opportunities to participate in discussions with a group of readers are few and far between. But for students, book clubs can be achieved right in the English classroom! This was my goal as I began developing my Multi-Genre Book Clubs for all three of my language arts classes. (I teach Honors, Advanced and Basic students in a rural area!) The idea started during independent reading time, when I noticed that a group of four students were reading books in the same genre. Two weeks later, I noticed that these same students had found each other, and had collaborated to read the same book at the same time! I was delighted with my students' initiative, but it made me realize that as their teacher, I have the opportunity to expand their reading conversations (and reading material!) to new heights. And so I implemented the Multi-Genre Book clubs. I divided students into groups of three, four, and five based on their interest in books. I then provided a list with many different types of genres and book suggestions. Students were excited when they realized that every four weeks they would, as a group, select a genre, pick a book in that genre, and read it together! The book clubs met once to plan, once after two weeks to ask each other questions about the book, and once at the end of the four weeks to discuss themes, characters, and conflicts, and to attempt to identify the defining characteristics of the genre they chose. These book clubs expose students to types of genres they don't ordinarily read and engages them in meaningful literary discourse with their peers on books they selected! In addition, the project fosters the students' love for reading! My book clubs are severely limited, however, by the fact that the school library doesn't have four copies of every book, and my classroom library doesn't even have a good representation of books from different genres! My students are frustrated when they get excited about a book they've chosen to read, but cannot find a copy of the book! By purchasing a wider variety of books all my students can become accomplished readers, and conversationalists, in a plethora of genres!

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: 3-Book Boxed Set Ann Brashares • Barnes and Noble $21.48 1 $21.48
Princess Diaries Boxed Set: Volumes I-III (Princess Diaries Series) Meg Cabot • Barnes and Noble $17.99 1 $17.99
Marshfield Dreams: When I Was a Kid Ralph J. Fletcher • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Purple Death: The Mysterious Flu of 1918 David Getz, Peter McCarty (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Looking Back: A Book of Memories Lois Lowry • Barnes and Noble $13.45 1 $13.45
Ready or Not: An All-American Girl Novel Meg Cabot • Barnes and Noble $12.79 1 $12.79
Flush Carl Hiaasen • Barnes and Noble $11.86 1 $11.86
Knots in My Yo-Yo String: The Autobiography of a Kid Jerry Spinelli • Barnes and Noble $9.85 1 $9.85
Blizzard! Jim Murphy • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Hoot Carl Hiaasen • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
Lincoln: A Photobiography Russell Freedman • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
Hole in My Life Jack Gantos • Barnes and Noble $7.20 1 $7.20
The Great Fire Jim Murphy • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Stormbreaker Anthony Horowitz • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Eagle Strike Anthony Horowitz • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Scorpia Anthony Horowitz • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Al Capone Does My Shirts Gennifer Choldenko • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
The Thief Lord Cornelia Funke, Christian Burmingham (Illustrator), Oliver Latsch (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Bad Boy: A Memoir Walter Dean Myers • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
The Teacher's Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts Richard Peck • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
All-American Girl Meg Cabot • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Point Blank Anthony Horowitz • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Skeleton Key Anthony Horowitz • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Brian's Winter Gary Paulsen • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Bucking the Sarge Christopher Paul Curtis • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
How Angel Peterson Got His Name: And Other Outrageous Tales about Extreme Sports Gary Paulsen • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
River Thunder Will Hobbs • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Brian's Return Gary Paulsen • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Woodsong Gary Paulsen, Neil Waldman, Ruth Wright Paulsen, Ruth Wright Paulsen (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
The River Gary Paulsen, Delacorte Press • Barnes and Noble $4.95 1 $4.95
The Contest Gordon Korman • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
The Summit (Everest Series #3) Gordon Korman • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Everest Book Two: The Climb (Everest Series), Vol. 2 Gordon Korman • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49

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