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.
This handbook will set up the opportunity for you to ask or require your students to read 20 books 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.
Included in the Page Turners Handbook are several pages that can be printed and bound together for each student. In the handbooks that I produced for my students I included multiple copies of many of the pages:
- Eye catching cover (a must for both teacher and student!)
- Introduction and Table of Contents
- Required Reads (20 slots for titles by genre)
- To Read (In my students' handbooks I included 3-4 of this page as a place where students can collect recommendations from friends, teachers, librarians, bookstore browsing, etc.)
- To Recommend (I included 1-2 copies for my students. This page is where students can record their very favorite books to share or recommend to others.)
- Book Letters (I included 35-40 of these in our handbooks. Students will use these pages to write a weekly letter to me about their reading, and can also use these to respond or reflect after our monthly class Page Turners Club meetings. This section will be essential to monitoring students' thinking about their reading and application of in-class learning.)
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