FOR OUR FINAL BOOK CLUB I would like to look at how book club can be used with informational texts. Typically we think of book clubs in the ELA classroom as something used for reading literature, but book clubs are essentially just a group of people trying to figure out what something means. It's low-key groupwork.
There are a lot of reasons to embrace small-group reading strategies: 1) students are happy to not do work for a teacher, but they don't like to look like the slack-ass in a small group--not usually; 2) students actually feel better about themselves when they realize they are not the only one struggling; they'll have conversations about what confuses them with peers much more often then with a teacher; and 3) students actually figure things out together--what one student doesn't get another does and then another student understands something else and by the end of the conversation, everyone has a better idea about the entire text. These are things that make reading difficult informational texts easier and, thus, an excellent recommendation for the use of book clubs for this kind of reading.
WHAT TO POST: So for our final book club, post your summary and analysis of Asou Inoue's introduction to Antiracist Writing Pedagogy. Do your best to determine what he means by "antiracist" and how that intersects with writing pedagogy. Try to determine what he means by an "ecology of assessment". Feel free to write about what you don't understand in the text as well. Finally, this is the introduction. It sets up a lot of argument but offers no details. What questions would you like answered in the rest of the text? We'll use these questions to shape discussion around the rest of the text (each person in class will only be responsible for reading one other chapter for our last week of class).
RESPOND: to at least one other classmate. You have two options for responding. You can try to clarify a point that is confusing to your classmate--or at least try to offer some clarity. You can also validate, expand, or tweak someone's question about the rest of the text.