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K Pate
K Pate
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4/28/2019
K Pate
K Pate
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We're just getting started on my campus with Fountas & Pinnell. One of the teachers posed this question: do you suggest sending Book Club books home with students? We'd like to see a variety of opinions and the pros and cons. Thanks!
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Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
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4/28/2019
K Pate wrote:
We're just getting started on my campus with Fountas & Pinnell. One of the teachers posed this question: do you suggest sending Book Club books home with students? We'd like to see a variety of opinions and the pros and cons. Thanks!


Thank you for a great question. You will need to determine the amount of time you will set aside for reading the text. Some children may be able to read the text independently. However many children may need the text read to them since book clubs are not composed of homogeneous groups. The reading could be facilitated by an audio-recording or reading the text aloud to the children which would most likely have to be completed in the classroom.

In Guided Reading Responsive Teaching Across the Grades F&P state, “Students select their books of choice [from the limited choices provided], and that book becomes the book they read during independent reading time and/or at home....If the book is too hard for some of them to read independently, you may make it available as an audio book. (For students’ first book clubs, you might start with books you have read aloud to them if you have multiple paperback copies.)”

Whether you send the books home or keep them at school may be dependent upon the level, length of the reading, ability of the students, and the grade. In order for the students to carry on a discussion, they will need to have completed the reading and have their book with them.

Another factor to consider is whether or not the books will be shared by other classes. If so, a sign out system will need to be put in place.

There are several pages devoted to Book Clubs in Guided Reading Responsive Teaching Across the Grades and there is an On-Demand Mini-Course which would also provide additional support: Interactive Read-Aloud and Book Clubs: Creating a Community of Readers at fountasandpinnell.com/professionaldevelopment

We wish you success in conducting book clubs with your students.

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Helenann Steensen, Official Fountas & Pinnell Consultant, Heinemann
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