Be passionate enough to try something new and brave enough to rock the boat.
Behind the Scenes Tip 1:
What, Why, Where of Book Choices
What do I actually want?
As teachers, we show students what we value by how we spend our class time; therefore, setting aside time in class every day for students to read is important . . . as is providing diverse and relevant classroom libraries surrounding students with great texts . . . Finally, we must encourage and support our students by providing safe, literacy-rich environments in which students support one another . . . and share what they are reading and learning with one another through various modes of communication, such as reading, writing, and speaking.”
- Examine Multiple Perspectives
- Develop Opinions
- Back those up with Evidence
But they don't know what they want
Differing Levels and Interests
But they don't know what they want
- Group by theme or genre or time period or country
- A variety of lengths and levels
- Easily discussed
- Start with your book room
- Ask your librarian for a list of titles with 6+ copies
- Grants and donations
- More class novel copies? Nah.
Student Lesson 2: Choosing
- Find something you love
- Mrs. Payne's Disclaimer
- Blank Slate is a positive
Behind the Scenes Tip 2:
- Give 'em their Top 3
- Discussion Ability 1st
- Reading Self-Perception 2nd
- Diversity 3rd
Book choices tell us a lot about our students. We learn about their dreams for the future, interests we have in common, and why they act the way they do in class. As we provide more opportunities for choice, we discover realities, such as high school boys enjoy reading nonfiction. They really love nonfiction because they want truthfulness and honesty; they want something real. Knowing this changes the way we see them and react to their participation in class.
Behind the Scenes Tip 3:
Books On Deck
Students who are able to utilize a well-stocked, diverse classroom library spend 60% more time reading compared to those that don’t. These same students are also more likely to talk about the books they are reading and make recommendations to other students.”
Student Lesson 4: Discussing
- Shuter downers
- Write 2 basic questions
- Write the page numbers of 2 interesting, frustrating, intriguing, or controversial quotes
- Write 2 essential questions
Behind the Scenes Tip 4:
Give 'em Freedom
- Give them freedom and time (why 15 is my jam)
- Be prepped with controversial seeds
- Stick through the 8 minute lull
Student Lesson 5: Assessing
Pause: Why am I assessing, again?
Book Circle "Did you Read" Points
Behind the Scenes Tip 5:
Shake it Up
- Sign another student's paper
- Who made the conversation matter?
- You have 11 points to divvy out
Student Lesson 6: Aftermath
Rotate and Again and Again
Term 4 Independent Reading
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