This is a bookshelf I created for a unit on the Holocaust. This bookshelf could be used as a quick resource for me as I’m planning and preparing for a unit on that time in history. Included are books all dedicated to the subject, but they are on different reading levels and are written using different styles. Therefore, I can easily decide which books would be best for a particular class. For example, if I have a class with slower or lower level students, I could just choose the books from this list that are a lower reading level. Or vice versa. Another way to use this bookshelf is to make it available to my students as a list of acceptable books for them to read, and then they could choose their own from that list. That gives the students a choice and puts them in control of their learning.
I could use Goodreads in the same way for other units I am teaching. For example, if I teach a unit on Greek mythology, I could collect all the books I believe could be helpful when studying that subject and then have a list ready for whenever I need to find or assign a book for the class. Or, again, allow the students to choose from a list (or bookshelf) I created. Goodreads is a great way to organize the books I like, read reviews from other educators or readers, and easily access that information.