It is only monday and I battled through the last part of my day with tunnel vision from a lovely visit from Mrs. Migraine herself. My kiddos were looking at me like I had gone crazy as I nearly pressed my nose against my computer screen to see what was going on in my lesson. it was awful!! Besides the unwanted visit, we continued on our journey today and discussed how to love to read.
This year, a strong focus is on how to get students to love to read again. My students came to my class with a love for reading. They are constantly talking about books, discussing characters, predicting a twist in plots. I am very thankful that my students have not lost that love of being a book worm.
Something that I do very often with my class is have book talks as a group. After silently reading we take time to go around the room and the students get to brag about how awesome their book is and why others should read it too. I have enjoyed doing this since the beginning of the year, but I noticed that there were so many titles that students wanted to read that they couldn't remember them all when we went to the library. That is why I created the simple document of my to be read list. As students hear titles of other books they might be interested in they write down the title and the authors name for the next time they need a good book.
I also take one day out of the month and show off some of my picks for books to share with the class. I try to choose books that maybe they have never heard of and I try to hit on all Genres. I pull out classics, folk tales, and mysteries of all sorts! I "sell" the books and make them seem like the most coolest, awesomest, book they have ever read! Below is the document for the to be read list. Happy reading :)