Literacy Book Club Carlsbad Literacy Services
Learning Connection: May/June 2017
Our July book selection, Hidden Figures, includes the audio book!
Is your learner interested in participating in the Book Club? Our small and friendly group of participants are learners from our literacy program. We meet here every other month, so there are usually eight weeks to read the book selection before meeting to share thoughts and discussion.
Book Club selections are chosen with the adult literacy learner in mind and are sometimes Young Reader or Young Adult adaptations. Each learner receives their own free book and CD (if an audio version is available for that book) to keep. We hope you’ll join us! Sign up with the literacy staff.
Tips on How to Use Fiction with an Adult Learner
We have lots of new fiction in our collection. Here are some tips for using fiction in your lessons:
1. Factors to consider when selecting reading material for your learner.
Comprehensible to learner’s abilities and interests
Reflect learner’s language needs and skills
Address issues/topics relevant to learner’s lives
Provoke learner’s thinking and discussion
2. Topics to cover with learner before you begin to read with the selected material.
How to handle unknown words
How to respond and provide feedback to discussion questions
How to select topics for discussion
Introduce terms: characters, plot, genre, structure, motif, themes, etc.
If time allows, read the book first before you begin to read it with your learner
Prepare topics/questions for discussion.
Write down vocabulary and/or phrases to review with your learner
3. Tips to give your learner on how to read a book for discussion.
Imagine yourself in the story
Make notes while you go – sticky notes are great for this!
Think about what the author is trying to tell you, the reader
Get to know the characters – think about their qualities, faults, and motives.
Would you want to interact with them? Can you relate to them?
How does this book relate to your own life?
4. Different methods to use while reading the book with your learner.
Learner listens to the book on audio
Tutor reads book aloud to learner
Tutor and learner alternate reading aloud
Learner reads aloud