Capstone/Dissertation Title

Implementing book clubs in a fifth grade classroom in a way that students are empowered to lead future book clubs with others

Term

2010

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

This capstone answers the question how one could facilitate the leadership of book clubs in a manner that empowers fifth graders to lead book clubs with others. Emphasis was placed on classroom instruction of book club, peer-led discussion, participation in book club, and leadership of book clubs so that the students would want to continue participating in their own future book clubs. The study was implemented in three phases. Phase one: Knowledge of book club. Phase two: Application of Book Club. Phase three: Extending Book Club Beyond our Classroom. The study consisted of regular classroom activities including reading books for book club, participating in literature discussions once or twice a week, and responding to the text in their journals by the use of book club roles. The students learned discussion and leadership skills so they could confidently communicate their ideas with their peers.

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