|Reading 'Speed Dating' Books - choices for my students|
My students are prone to judging books by their cover, and truthfully so am I. This is my way of making them actually read the book to make sure they like it, or not, before falling into their preconceived assumptions. Here's how I run the 'dates' in my 42 minute reading class period:
- Students sit down at a book and have a copy of their note taking form with them (usually just a copy of a table with two columns, one for book title/author, and one for notes)
- I set my online timer (I like http://www.online-stopwatch.com/bomb-countdown/ because you get some great timers that count both up and down) and give them 2 minutes with the book - to really get to know it!
- When the timer goes off students have 1 minute to write some notes about the book, what they like, don't like, etc.
- They move when their minute is up and start again!
As a follow-up the next day during reading we will be discussing which titles jumped out of them and the titles that they want to add to a summer reading list that they will be creating. I can't wait to hear what some of my readers have to say.
I hope that you find some time to read something that you enjoy today, and don't forget to be the anchor and truth that your students need.
|My munchkin wearing my Dr. Seuss Day hat :)|