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)
“Boys and Reading” video interview with male students by Penny Kittle (2013)
“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
Tagged: Amy Rasmussen, AP book clubs, AP English, Book Clubs, Professional Learning Community
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