Before you get started, please know that 50 books in one school year is a high, but yet achievable goal.
Over and over again, I kept hearing, “I don’t like to read!” I brainstormed ways to help students find that perfect book that would get them hooked. Then came the birth of this project! Feel free to decrease (or increase) the number of books that you encourage your students to read in a school year.
Here’s a quick summary of what I’d expect from my students for each Book Share:
- Reading Log to keep track of everything that they were reading!
- Reading at least one book from each Genre. (At the beginning of the year, we’d learn about the genres before the project began.)
- A 10+ sentence summary of the book.
- A book “posters” which is really just book review page.
- A quick 1-2 minute presentation to share the book, basic summary, and a favorite part.
The purpose of a Book Share is to get students talking about what they’re reading and sharing with their peers. My absolute favorite moment during a Book Share was when my students (on their own) began to pitch the book to other students with statements like, “I think Mary will really like this book because she plays soccer and the main character plays soccer too!” What’s a more powerful way to get your students reading than that?!
*EDITABLE* on Google Drive and can be used in Google Classroom!