I volunteered to host #APLangchat this week. My reason stemmed from these three things:
1. Some of the best PD I’ve experienced has come from Twitter chats.
2. I am hit and miss when it comes to regularly engaging in chats. Being facilitator should make me show up.
3. Many of the questions left in the comments on my post a couple weeks ago, Aim Higher: A Case for Choice Reading and a Whole Lot More in AP English, can be answered in a chat about book clubs; however, by no means do I have all the answers. I need help, too, so a discussion with my PLN is the best place to turn.
If you are available Wednesday evening at 7:00 CT, join in. You do not have to teach Advanced Placement to contribute. Every educator’s voice matters. You do have to remember to use the hashtag #APLangchat.
Here’s the plan for a finger-flying, Twitter frenzy of idea sharing on Wednesday:
Topic: Book Clubs to Move Readers in AP English
To spark some thinking, consider these texts:
“Not Reading: The 800 Pound Mockingbird in the Classroom” by William Boz, English Journal (2011)
“Why Book Clubs Matter” English Language Teaching, University of Michigan Press
“From a Classroom to a Community of Readers: The Power of Book Clubs” by Jessica Cuthbertson, Center for Teaching Quality Blog (2013)
“Book Clubs: NYC Department of Education” Unit of Study
To ponder and prepare, consider these questions:
Warm Up: What are your habits as a reader? What do you read? When do you read? Who do you talk with about the books you read? #APLangchat
Q1 MC on the exam =hard, esp for non-readers. Besides close reading activities in class, how do we move kids into complex texts? #APLangchat
Q2 Many teachers have moved to balanced literacy w/choice reading as core. How might book clubs engage this pedagogy in AP? #APLangchat
Q3 Logistically, what do book clubs look like in a class of 35? #APLangchat
Q4 What book club book choices lead to the most reading, insightful discussions, best growth in student readers? #APLangchat
Q5 What does assessment look like during and after book clubs? individual and/or collaborative assessments? #APLangchat
Q6 What else do you need to know to feel comfortable facilitating book clubs with your students? #APLangchat