By purchasing this bundled curriculum, you will save more than 20% on my book project materials! The bundle includes:
- Four different themed reading lists
- A reader response journal activity
- A project instructions page
- A set of 16 different project ideas
- A Detailed Rubric
All together, these lists and activities will supply your students with a full year of supplemental reading that they can tailor to their specific reading interests and academic strengths. The projects list highlights many different types of talents that range from writing and speaking to drawing and digital media.
There are many different creative ways to incorporate and highlight this outside curriculum in your classroom. Some examples include:
- Introducing each outside reading list as a homework assignment: have students conduct research on the books in the list to come up with their top 3 choices. Then, students can discuss their top choices with you and/or their peers to pick “the one” that they will read outside of class.
- Creating “literature” circles by grouping students with the same or similar books together in a discussion group. Whenever they have a reader’s response journal due, students can meet in their “literature circles” to discuss their reactions.
- Using the reader response journals as comprehension checks or quizzes for in-class or supplemental reading.
- Having students in the audience develop positive and constructive feedback for the presenting student.
- Matching the list genre with a novel, short story, or informational text that you read as a class that quarter.
- Turning the book project list, rubric, or due date calendar into a laminated poster for your classroom.
- Showcasing the best projects for the quarter in your room like a gallery. Students can tour the gallery, provide positive feedback, and reflect on how to improve for next time.
CCSS Standards: The reading lists, reader’s response journals, and project options manage to hit several important common core standards, including, but not limited to, citing textual evidence, determining theme, character development over time, informational/explanatory writing, narrative writing, comparing two mediums, being exposed to multicultural literature, effectively presenting ideas, reading a wide range of grade appropriate texts, and making strategic use of digital media. Adaptable to grades 8-12 ELA standards!
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