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Literacy Tip of the Week: April 5, 2020

posted Apr 5, 2020, 7:24 PM by Steven Richardson

Virtual Bookclubs

By Jan Richardson

Because of the ongoing coronavirus crisis, teachers are searching for effective ways to teach their students remotely. Here are some tips for doing virtual book clubs.

1. Form partnerships - Invite your students to participate in a book club with another student. You could group kids together or give them an opportunity to connect with one of their best friends.
2. Get resources – The children will need to read the same book. Some schools have made entire virtual libraries available for free. You could also use text that can be downloaded or free from the Internet.
3. Provide discussion starters – I just added discussion starter bookmarks to my website. Students can use them to ask each other questions about the books they are reading. Click
here and here for the free book club bookmarks.
4. Get students connected – If parents agree, children can use their cellphones to Facetime with each other, or they could use an Internet platform such as Zoom or Google Hangouts. The important thing is that they read books and discuss them with their classmates.

 Here is a video of my granddaughter, Anna, doing a virtual book club with her best friend, Amalia. They are both reading The Ghost of Blackbeard, a Literacy Footprints book. View the book here.

Then watch the video  of the girls discussing the book using the book club bookmarks.