When I was teaching 3rd grade, a colleague shared the Harvey Daniels "Literature Circles: Voice and Choice in Book Clubs and Reading Groups." If I had personally attempted this in my first few years of teaching, it would have probably crashed and burned...but, in that third grade classroom, I saw students come alive and begin to take ownership in their reading. They handled the responsiblity well and knew that other students were relying on them and they LOVED that! When I started teaching at the middle school level, I noticed that middle schoolers felt like they were really doing something special....getting to meet with each other and TALK about the book.
How to lead a Book Club