My students are currently in the middle of the Series Book Clubs. I have noted the successes they have achieved and the mistakes I made in organizing and implementing book clubs. Our next Reading Workshop unit is Biography Book Clubs and the study of narrative nonfiction. This is a new genre for me. I have been teaching for 16 years and I am sad to say that I have not ever taught this genre before. I have done numerous lessons on biography and on nonfiction and on narrative writing, but I have never taught biography as narrative nonfiction. Biography Book Clubs do not start until February 4, but I decided I needed to get a jump-start on my lesson plans since this is an unfamiliar genre.
I once again referenced my wonderful Teachers College Reading and Writing Project manual. I turned to Unit 6 and began highlighting and jotting away!