Category Archives: Book Club

Comic Strip Book Club Project

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i-love-books-books-to-read-18694968-500-445For our Book-Club Project this upcoming week, You will have the opportunity to design and create comic strips.  You will use an online tool to create a six-panel comic highlighting six key scenes in the book that you are currently reading for AR.  You will use critical thinking skills to distill the significant points in your book in a few short scenes.  Here are the tools for this week’s Book-Club project:

Enjoy the process, Sixth-Grade Readers and Creative Communicators!

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”― Anna QuindlenHow Reading Changed My Life

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Ms. Rankin’s Book-Club Hub

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We love books!  We love reading!  But, we don’t get enough time to sit around with friends and talk about the books we read and love, right?  Well, book clubs aren’t just for Oprah anymore!  We are thrilled to announce that book clubs are returning to Ms. Rankin’s reading period…starting this week!!

Here are just a few documents to help you get ready for our upcoming BOOK CLUBS!

Book Club Documents:

Book Club Projects:i_love_reading_mug

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”― Anna QuindlenHow Reading Changed My Life

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Create a Trading Card ~ Theodore Judah

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On Wednesday, you will practice making a trading card by using the facts we have learned about Theodore Judah.  In class, you will read a biography on Theodore Judah.  When you arrive at the computer lab, you will have a chance to create a trading card on Theodore Judah using…Trading Card Creator!

Sneak Peek:  On Thursday, you will create a new trading card on a person, place, physical object or event of your choice from this week’s nonfiction reading on the transcontinental railroad.

Have fun, nonfiction readers and researchers!

Ms. Rankin

Nonfiction Book Club Project

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i-love-books-books-to-read-18694968-500-445We love books!  We love reading!  And, we love learning new facts, ideas, and perspectives.  For the next two weeks, we are going to focus on nonfiction 0328175196books.  (What’s the difference between fiction and nonfiction? Click here!)

We begin our nonfiction unit with three books that correlate to what we’re The Transcontinental Railroadlearning right now in social studies:  Crossing the Nation by Rail, Rails Across America, and The Transcontinental Railroad.  Check out our Nonfiction Book Club Groups here.

Get set to read by enjoying this Transcontinental Railroad PPT (beginner), studying this Transcontinental Railroad PPT (advanced), and watching this History video on the Transcontinental Railroad.

Continue your reading with Completing the Transcontinental Railroad, 1869 ~ Driving the Last Spike.

Here is an online dictionary to use in making your Transcontinental Railroad Vocabulary Book:  http://www.merriam-webster.com/

For our book project, due Friday, May 3, you will create trading cards about what you learned from your texts. through Trading Card Creator.  You can choose between these topics for your cards:

  • Real person (examples: Theodore Judah, Leland Standford, President Andrew Johnson…)
  • Physical object (examples:  transcontinental railroad, Union Pacific line, gold spike…)
  • Event (examples:  gold rush, Civil War, May 10, 1869…)
  • Real place (examples: Promontory, Utah; Sierra Nevada; Omaha, Nebraska…)

Here, again, are other documents you may need for success with Book Clubs:

Trading Card Creator

Book Club Documents:

Book Club Projects:

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Anna Quindlen“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”

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Book-Club Project ~ Comic Strips

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peanuts1For our Book-Club Project this week, students will create comic strips.  They will use an online tool to create a six-panel comic highlighting six key scenes in the book they are currently reading for AR.  They will use critical thinking skills to distill the significant points in their books in a few short scenes.  Here are the tools for this week’s Book-Club project:

Book-Club Project ~ Writing a Resume

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resume-sampleThis week in our Book Clubs, you will write a resume for one of the characters in your book.  Be thoughtful about which book you choose this week.  You may certainly select a fiction book and write a resume for your fictional character.  Historical fiction is a great genre for this project.  However, you may also consider a nonfiction book.  A biography is a nice genre to pick for this project, as well.

Learn more about writing resumes for this project here:

To create your resume go to

Career Kids ~ My First Resume

Our Book-Club Hub

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We love books!  We love reading!  But, we don’t get enough time to sit around with friends and talk about the books we read and love, right?  Well, book clubs aren’t just for Oprah anymore!  We are thrilled to announce that book clubs are coming to Ms. Rankin’s reading class…starting this week!!

Here are just a few documents to help you get ready for our upcoming BOOK CLUBS!

Book Club Documents:

Book Club Projects:i_love_reading_mug

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”― Anna QuindlenHow Reading Changed My Life

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