Our Book Blog helps teachers and students tackle close reading by delivering a creative blend of complex digital texts, powerful and safe social media, and opportunities for peer collaboration. The result? A community of 21st century critical readers and writers. It's designed with:
- 15 high-interest eBooks that encourage close reading and using text evidence.
- In-book questions that spark imagination, debate, and higher-order thinking.
- A unique blend of genres across fiction and informational text.
- A safe, controlled blog forum for focused student discussions.
- Online reports, data, and teacher tools to guide instruction and planning.
How it works for students
Our Book Blog builds focused, creative groups of readers and writers. Through the collaboration of social media, students read rich texts, think critically, share information with peers, and respond to a community of ideas!
Step 1: Reading and Collaboration
Students form small book groups and work together as they independently read and analyze a common text.
Step 2: Higher-Order Thinking
Students independently answer high-level questions that require close reading, critical thinking, and evidence-based responses.
Step 3: Blog Discussion
Book group members share their opinions and respond to each other's comments in a closed online classroom blog.
Step 4: Presentation
Groups meet to discuss their responses to the book and work together to present their thinking about the book to the class.
How it works for teachers
A safe, monitored forum includes a wide range of intuitive settings that allow teachers to tailor the blog to meet their individual needs and preferences. The more easily you can monitor and measure results, the more confidence you'll have in keeping student progress on track.