6C’s Ravenous Readers!
“This is such a good book, I can’t stop reading!”
“Can we please read just a bit longer?”
These statements are music to a humanities teacher’s ears. They are often overheard by the ravenous readers found at Bayside. 6C students are building on the solid foundations of reading they learned in elementary school and are developing their love and desire to read for pleasure. Our students are becoming life long readers!
The school year began with a discussion about “fake reading”. We identified tell tale signs of “fake reading”, like staring in to space, re-reading sentences over and over, and being distracted by things like TVs and telephones. The class discussed how reading in a “real” and focused way helps us to emotionally connect to our books and makes reading more fun and interesting.
When we feel attached to a story or character, we want to tell others. During library time, 6C students talk authentically about books. There is no discussion of rising action, conflict, or other literary elements, but students enthusiastically suggest books to one another and “sell” their favorites, “ You have to read this!” Others seek advice from classmates, teachers, or the librarian in order to find great books. Personally, I love tearing around the library to pair books with their ideal reader.
6C students regularly set time aside to read simply for the pleasure of reading. We discuss reading strategies to help us better understand our stories and then practice them during our DEAR times. We take time to reflect on our reading to determine what comprehension strategies work best for individual students. Little do they know that while reading, they are also developing their writing skills. During free reading time they are exposed to quality examples of grammatical patterns, they expand their vocabulary, and experience examples of writing techniques like foreshadowing and use of dialogue. There is much more going on during our DEAR times than simple reading!
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