Here is a slice of life from room 37.
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“Hey guys, I can see that you are interested in reading this book, but I have to remind you that you gotta stick together. Let’s look at your reading plan for tonight.”
“You know, where you write down the chapters you will read tonight, so you all remember to stick together.”
Blank stares. And then a groan. I ignored it.
“Come on guys! If you all read different parts, it isn’t much fun to talk about it the next day. Okay, everyone go get a Post-it and let’s write down our plan for tonight. We can stick it in the inside cover of our books.”
Another groan. I eyeballed him. KNOCK IT OFF I signalled. He looked away.
It was our second day of historical fiction book clubs. The excitement was real. But these guys were new to each other. They
struggle a bit with organization. They needed a little support.
“All right, everyone has it down. Good for you. Let’s look at the other books you chose today. I am noticing that you are reading about the March on Washington and Pearl Harbor. But your HF book is about travelling west, and covered wagons, and the Oregon Trail. Let’s find a book that can support your understanding of the story you are reading now. You can come back to those books later on, maybe next week even.”
“There is no groaning in readers workshop! I am trying to help you. Trust me.”
His eyes went down, he wouldn’t look at me- just a smidge of a glance. Enough to know I knew he got it.
“Okay, so we are good, right? You know what you are reading tonight, let’s look for the informational text that can help you understand Joshua’s journey. I have some stuff right here.”
“HEY! I said no groaning!”
“I know! I only groaned on accident! I groaned on accident!”
How can you get mad at that?