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ERIC Number: EJ776520
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
Facilitating a Summer Reading Book Group Program
Malin, Ginger Goldman
English Journal, v96 n5 p58-63 May 2007
Summer book groups enhance and sustain student literacy behaviors over the break, making available an enjoyable social forum for critical-thinking and critical-reading practices to occur naturally. Significantly, the book groups grant faculty and students an informal space to connect meaningfully through reflective discussion of texts. Because book groups encourage readers to use literature as a starting place to talk about, and talk through, their personal responses regarding various topics, they can also be settings that enable adolescents to consider and perhaps even transform their beliefs and ideas without the same risks that abound in classroom settings. In this article, the author describes how the Summer Reading Book Group program that Christine Iacullo (an English teacher at John Hersey High School) created for students at her school began and discusses the gains this program provided participating students and faculty. (Contains 2 figures.) ["Facilitating a Summer Reading Book Group Program" was written with Christine Iacullo and Melissa Drapatsky.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A