ERIC Number: ED437651
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
The Book Club Connection: Literacy Learning and Classroom Talk. Language and Literacy Series.
McMahon, Susan I., Ed.; Raphael, Taffy E., Ed.
This is a comprehensive text about beliefs, issues, and practices at the forefront of literacy education--language, ethnic, and academic diversity; authentic assessment; and social construction of meaning and knowledge--explored through the lens of a cohesive instructional design, the Book Club Program. It presents a pedagogical model based on a five-year project combining the work of teachers and researchers. The book is divided into three parts: foundations, classroom implementation issues, and teacher case studies. Thoughtful between-chapter commentaries by outside scholars bring multiple perspectives to the program's merits. Just as it is important for professors, researchers, and other educators involved in literacy and teacher education, it will also be useful for K-8 reading teachers. Section I (The Book Club Program Foundations and Components) includes the following 5 chapters and commentary: "The Book Club Program: Theoretical and Research Foundations" (Susan I. McMahon and Taffy E. Raphael); "Classrooms As Communities: Features of Community Share" (Taffy E. Raphael and Virginia J. Goatley); "Reading in the Book Club Program" (Susan I. McMahon); "When Readers Write: The Book Club Writing Component" (Taffy E. Raphael and Fenice B. Boyd); "Book Clubs: Contexts for Students to Lead Their Own Discussions" (Susan I. McMahon); and "Commentary: Learning to be Literate: Reconciling Convention and Invention" (Gordon Wells). Section 2 (Extending Research on the Book Club Program) includes 5 chapters: "Talk About Text Among Special Education Students" (Virginia J. Goatley); "Exploring the Use of Book Club with Second-Language Learners in Mainstream Classrooms" (Cynthia H. Brock); "The Cross-Aged Literacy Program: Preparing Struggling Adolescents for Book Club Discussions" (Fenice B. Boyd); "Assessment Research in the Book Club Program" (Tanja L. Bisesi and Taffy E. Raphael); and "Students Speak: Book Club from Our Perspective" (Christi Vance, Justin Ross, and Jenny
Descriptors: Case Studies, Classroom Techniques, Diversity (Institutional), Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Performance Based Assessment, Program Descriptions, Program Implementation, Reading Instruction, Reading Programs, Social Cognition, Teacher Education, Writing Instruction
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
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