E-Book Clubs With Storia
The benefits of using Storia in an e-book club, plus what to do before, during, and after book club gatherings
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
Reading in e-book clubs will encourage your students to actively engage in small-group discussions about the text. Working with their classmates provides social interaction around text, as well as an authentic audience with whom to share their reflections on the text.
Plus, with Storia’s wide selection of leveled text, and using Storia’s customizations, you can easily assign e-books at the right level for the entire group.
Here are two formats for e-book clubs in your classroom.
Literature circles are a structured book-club approach in which students are assigned specific roles, from discussion director to summarizer to vocabulary enricher. Most of the actual reading for literature circles is done within the classroom.
Classroom Book Clubs
Classroom book clubs, on the other hand, are a more flexible approach to reading. No roles are assigned, and all students are encouraged to become active conversationalists. Classroom book clubs are similar in design to adult book clubs: Most of the actual reading for the club is done at home, after the group decides the assigned number of chapters to read. Book clubs convene after each member of the group has completed the assigned reading.
No matter which format you decide to implement, book clubs will provide your students with extensive, high-interest reading and meaningful conversations and collaboration.
Downloadable e-reading resources: The E-Book Club Reflection Sheet (PDF) for students and the Student Groups E-Book Club Log (PDF) and Weekly E-Book Club Progress Log (PDF) for teachers are all focused on e-book clubs.
Before Storia Book Clubs
Before launching e-book clubs, you’ll want to teach your students the e-book club format. Model all of the processes for conducting a book club, including:
- Choosing the e-book
- Previewing the book selection
- Setting up reading assignments
- Having meaningful conversations
Give your students guidance about how to have meaningful conversations about the book. Create a chart entitled “Having a Meaningful Conversation” and work together to develop guidelines for participating in good conversations. Discuss these guidelines as a class, and ask students to think about when they are ready to participate in the book clubs on their own.
After these e-book club preparations, if you are debuting e-book clubs for the first time in your classroom, consider choosing one book and having each small group of 4–5 students read the same title. By initially launching your e-book clubs with one e-book, you’ll have more time to monitor your groups and focus on ensuring your students are actively reading, learning, and engaging in meaningful conversations.
During e-book clubs, your students join together in small groups to discuss the chapters they recently read. They begin by commenting on the story, then they share, examine, and explore different perspectives. Readers will naturally motivate and challenge one another, which elevates a student’s level of critical thinking. Encourage your students to use the Storia note and highlighter tools to record their ideas about the book in preparation for group discussion.
After Storia Book Clubs
Encourage your students to reflect on the e-book club shared experience. This is an essential part of the learning process and will help them deepen their insights about the text. Reflecting on learning will also enable you to use the e-book club as an assessment opportunity.
Also, think about how you want to group your students to maximize the benefits of group work, how using technology with your reading program can further encourage active reading and active learning, as well as motivate your students to share more of their thoughts and ideas.