Are you looking to motivate your students to read? Expose them to a variety of genres? Instill a love for books and create life-long readers? This handbook will be perfectly suited to meet those needs!
After years of watching many students who love to read, like to read, or resist reading, and after a conversation with my media specialist about an overall decline in readership spanning the past decades, I felt compelled and inspired to begin developing a new approach to developing true readers in my classroom. My vision was to expose students to quality literature, provide students with the opportunity to choose books within genres, and stimulate daily reading both in and out of the classroom. Along the way a colleague recommended that I read "The Book Whisperer," which I would absolutely recommend to anyone wanting to improve and increase student's success and commitment to reading.
Since that time I have reread The Book Whisperer and read Donalyn Miller's follow up book Reading in the Wild. In this book Donalyn shares countless ideas for engaging students with reading and nurturing quality student responses. She also shares the forms she has developed and uses in her own classroom. This version of my Page Turners Handbook contains her exact forms, only sized to fit on the pages of a composition notebook instead of standard size paper.
Here is how we assemble in my classroom:
- First page on the cover of our composition notebooks
- p. 1 Genre Graph
- p. 2 My Reading List (reserve p. 3-8 for additional copies)
- p. 9 To Read (reserve p. 10-12 for additional copies)
- p. 13 Status of the Class
The pages following these forms can be used for students writing about their reading. I also have students flip their composition books over and, starting from the back, I have students record notes from our mini-lessons.
This handbook will set up the opportunity for you to challenge your students to read 40 books across genres during the school year. With my fourth graders, I do allow them to count books 250 pages or longer as two books, as this designation isn't published in the handbook you can determine how to differentiate this for your grade level.
In addition, I also plan a monthly Page Turners Club meeting during which we invite volunteers to join small groups of readers for book discussions, refreshments, and a craft or project. See my teacher blog for more information on how I plan these activities and use this handbook! ( http://thecontemporaryclassroom.blogspot.com )
Beginning a classroom book club is a perfect launching point to book talk genres, authors, favorite books, and more. It opens the door to incorporating all Reading Literature and Reading Information Standards, depending on how you model and guide your student responses and anchor your core instruction. It directly addresses Standard 10 in both areas and the corresponding College and Career Readiness Anchor Standard: Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
This product is not grade specific and could be used in any classroom or school setting, including the library, special education, gifted and talented, PTA, principal, etc!!!
Want to learn more about what Page Turners is? Check out this blog post: http://thecontemporaryclassroom.blogspot.com/2015/03/page-turners-faq.html
Want to learn more about why I created Page Turners? Check out this blog post: http://thecontemporaryclassroom.blogspot.com/2014/11/page-turners-club-kickoff.html
Note: Credit for the ideas behind and development of these forms goes to the brilliant Donalyn Miller! You can find her on Twitter or at her website (http://bookwhisperer.com), where you can also find her forms in their original full-size form. And...if you haven't already...YOU SHOULD ABSOLUTELY READ HER BOOKS!!!