The Westing Game Book Club Teacher’s Guide


This book club is to be paired with C.I.A. Unit of Study: Mystery – The Westing Game, 6.1. This book club has three texts selected for sixth grade that match the genre and subject of the paired read-aloud, The Westing Game. They are When You Reach Me, written by Rebecca Stead; The London Eye Mystery, written by Siobhan Dowd; and The Hound of the Baskervilles, written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. All three books are mysteries and demonstrate that things aren’t always as they seem, a theme that is central to The Westing Game.  Click here to look inside!

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6.1 Book Club Look InsideThe C.I.A. book club teacher’s guides by Sarah Collinge provide teachers with a logical and inspired continuation and extension of lessons conveyed in C.I.A. units of study. In C.I.A. book clubs, students are able to practice and develop the reading strategies used in the C.I.A. read-aloud in a small-group setting. Because the C.I.A. approach follows a consistent pattern across texts, teachers are able to teach whole-class mini-lessons that benefit all students while still addressing the individualized needs of each small group.

Each guide outlines how to place students in appropriate groupings, manage the differentiated instruction block, and engage students in authentic oral and written response. Scripted lessons are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and provide instruction for students who are below, on, and above grade-level standard in reading comprehension.

Collinge’s approach is highly effective and sustainable over time. Teachers will be amazed at how the C.I.A. approach simplifies the daily schedule, increases teacher efficacy, and increases students’ confidence as readers.