Before you begin a choice reading program - book club, literature circles, or any other independent reading arrangement - engage your students with a discussion about literacy and why reading matters. Students need to see the implications that relate to their own lives in regards to any course content - literacy included!
I use this lesson to kick off my book club unit. If I simply ask students to go read books because it's good for them, that's not a very effective hook. However, if I make them understand the "why" component in a more specific and relevant way, my book club program is always more fruitful.
This lesson consists of a 30-slide PDF presentation (with an editable PPT alternate version, which allows you flexibility for using with different age groups, cultures, and demographics, seeing as some of the information included is sensitive). Within the lesson, there are various components, designed for chunking purposes.
- Students will learn about literacy research.
- Students will have opportunities to discuss the research with the class.
- Students will view high-interest video clips that relate to the topic.
- Students will learn from visual graphs to complement the research.
The information in this presentation is most suitable for high school students, although a mature junior high audience could appreciate it as well.
We all want to teach our students about why reading matters, but finding specific data to back up our claims takes time. I've done the research for you. Simply teach and enjoy!
You might also find these independent reading journals
, discussion task cards for fiction and nonfiction
, and reading interest inventory
helpful when implementing literature circles, reader response, intervention programs, book club, and other forms of choice reading in the classroom.
***This lesson is available as part of a larger independent reading bundle
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