In the back of my classroom, I have a clothesline that hangs year round full of student book recommendations by my students. At the end of each grading period, my students pick the best book that they read to recommend to other students that was not a flop but a great book! Therefore as a resource each grading period I have a clothesline full of student book recommendations for other students to browse and review. My students love to look at the book recommendations to find their next book, and the clotheslines sparks conversations between students about novels read. Often times students that I do not even have in class will stop by my room to glance at the clothesline to find their next book. At the start of the year, we place all of our recommendations on t-shirts, socks, dresses, and shorts stencils. Around Christmas, we place our book recommendations on winter clothing items such as turtlenecks, pants, long skits, and dress shoes. At spring, we place our book recommendations on flip flops. The clothesline serves as a great classroom decoration as well as a student resource and guide.
How to assemble this resource is easy! Simply find a piece of yarn to hang across your wall. You can use clothespins to hold the flip flops up, or you can simply use paper clips. Each student will create two matching flip flops to hang next to one another. On the attached pages you will find step by step instructions for your students pertaining to what needs to be on each flip flop, and you will also find a sample images of flip flops for your students to cut out and trace onto their own sheet of construction paper. One flip flop must contain the title, author, genre, AR level, AR points for the book, and a small summary. The second flip flop must contain the items listed on the rubric which are more in depth Language Arts skills pertaining to the point of view, character traits, and writing elements.
This document contains everything that you need to implement this activity within your classroom. Below you will find step by step instructions for your students, a student checklist, a rubric, and a flip flop image for your students to cut out, trace, and design on their own following the step by step guidelines.
I hope this resource sparks and inspires your students to read new novels that they can be sure are not a flop,