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Book Club Novel Guides

Program Author: Taffy E. Raphael

Paperback Price: $17.95

ebook (pdf format) Price: $9.95

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Book Club Novel Guides available for the following novels:

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Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Cay by Theodore Taylor

Holes by Louis Sachar

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

Missing May by Cynthia Rylant

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Sing Down the Moon by Scott O'Dell

Tangerine by Edward Bloor

The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

About the Book Club Novel Guides

Book Club novel guides provide all the support you need to get your students reading and talking about great books. The books have been carefully selected as suitable for students' book club discussions—each one has plenty of content to sustain meaningful conversations. Novel guides provide information for the teacher including book summaries, thematic links, and related readings. Each novel guide also places the teaching of the novel in the context of a larger thematic unit. Daily lesson plans include reading assignments, detailed lessons tied to the language arts curriculum, and journal-writing prompts for students. Blackline masters range from student goal setting and self-assessment to support for novel-related writing assignments.

Each classroom-tested Book Club Novel Guide contains a complete thematic unit that focuses on an excellent novel. The guide elaborates on the novel's major themes with related readings, writing activities, and unit projects. An overview of the Book Club program explains how students engage with literature and with each other through the program's unique use of small-group discussions.

Detailed daily lesson plans support instruction in comprehension strategies, literary analysis, language conventions, and composition. Actual samples of student work show what you can expect your own students to achieve. Innovative blackline masters support writing, composition, critical thinking, and assessment.

Novel guides are available as bound books and in downloadable PDF format.

Book Club Novel Guide Details

Publisher: Small Planet Communications, Inc.

Language: English

Paperback: 48 pages

Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.25 inches

About the Program Author

Taffy E. Raphael |

Taffy E. Raphael is a member of the Curriculum and Instruction faculty in Literacy Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, teaching courses related to methods of instruction, teacher research, and related topics. Prior to joining the UIC faculty, Dr. Raphael taught and conducted research at the University of Utah (1980-1982), Michigan State University (1982-1997), and Oakland University (1997-2001). Dr. Raphael's work in teacher education was recognized by her receipt of the Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading Award from the International Reading Association in May 1997. Dr. Raphael's research has focused on Question-Answer Relationships, strategy instruction in writing, and, for the past decade, Book Club, a literature-based reading program. Throughout these research projects, she has studied teacher learning and professional development through teacher study groups. She received Oakland University's Research Excellence Award in September 2000. She has published in journals such as Reading Research Quarterly, Research in the Teaching of English, The Reading Teacher, and Language Arts. She has coauthored and edited several books on literacy instruction, including The Book Club Connection: Literacy Learning and Classroom Talk (Teachers College Press, 1997), Book Club: A Literature-Based Curriculum (Small Planet Communications, 1997, 2002), Literature-Based Instruction: Reshaping the Curriculum (Christopher-Gordon, 1998), and Book Club for Middle School (Small Planet Communications, 2001). She will be publishing her QAR (Question-Answer Relationships) program in the spring of 2002 with Wright Group. She has served as National Reading Conference Board member, treasurer, and president, as well as on the editorial board of Journal of Literacy Research, Reading Research Quarterly, and the review board for The Reading Teacher. She was selected for the International Reading Association Reading Hall of Fame in 2002.

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