Cantor Family Grant: We're Talking Books

  • School Year: 2017-2018
  • Applicants: RuthLuipold, Lead TeacherEileen Carlson, Angela Giliberto
  • School: Smith
  • Subjects: Language Arts

Students in grades 3, 4 and 5 at Smith Elementary School will enjoy and benefit from this language arts grant. Students will participate in a book club; they will discuss with peers as they explore book themes, character traits and motives, plot, author's purpose, writer's craft and other literary elements. Students will have access to a variety of newly purchased literature for each grade, including different genres such as biographies, mysteries, folklore, realistic fiction and informational text. Book choices will be based on current unit of study in their classroom. Teachers will encourage students to track their thinking by providing journals, open-ended questions to facilitate discussions, and other direction as needed. Students will gain a better understanding of how to monitor their own understanding of literature, and apply learned comprehension strategies to construct meaning. Through the book club format, students will have an authentic reading experience they can enjoy with their peers.

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