Literacy 7-12

Systems Change


Students practice making and finding meaning in texts through book discussions moderated by teachers to varying degrees. Discussing books in a social environment may help students to engage in deep discussions involving Critical Literacy while building Background Knowledge, Disciplinary Literacy, and Vocabulary.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this high school turned book clubs into a social event that encourages students to read. By bringing in teachers as mentors, these book clubs have transformed reading into an exciting activity while building their Vocabulary and Social Awareness & Relationship Skills.

  • Book clubs for adolescent readers can follow a workshop model, with teachers providing short lessons to scaffold discussions and later coming together as a class to reflect and share, supporting Metacognition. Valuing student voice by allowing [choice][1] in reading material can also increase students' Motivation to read.
  • Design It into Your Product

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    See how Bookopolis allows participants to rate and review books that they have read. These reviews and ratings create a global Literacy Environment and expand readers' Social Supports, as they share books with peers all around the world.

  • Designers can provide libraries of texts along with discussion prompts to be used in a book club and ways for students to share [annotations][2], including questions and thoughts as they read the same material. This may also work well in a digital social platform with multimedia capabilities, allowing students to engage in Critical Literacy when they post and respond to each other using digital formats.
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