Welcome to the Engaging Learners Academy course in Disciplinary Book Clubs for Grades 3-12!
Book clubs are a powerful and interactive approach to get students talking about texts, while also learning our content. They also are an effective way in which to help build our students’ social-emotional development, from connecting the texts to their own identities and communities to building relationships with others. This workshop will provide participants with the basic foundations of book clubs – which doesn’t just to have to be about fiction – but poetry, nonfiction, and informational texts as well! Dr. Jody Polleck will share several different methods for getting these instructional practices started and established, including provision of materials and discussions of processes and assessments.
Course instructor, Dr. Jody Polleck, has facilitated and researched adolescent book clubs for over 20 years in secondary classrooms, ranging from science and social studies to English and literacy. She is an associate professor and the program coordinator for literacy education at Hunter College in New York City. For the past 15 years, she has also served as a secondary literacy intervention teacher and literacy coach. Her research has focused on urban adolescent females of color and their experiences in student-led book clubs. Jody explored how these alternative, supplemental forums were effective in not only promoting literacy but social and emotional development as well.
The material in this course is targeted to grade 4-12 teachers, paraeducators, youth program directors, tutors – even parents.