Start the school year by showing middle school students why reading matters instead of just telling them. Give students examples of logos (and start teaching the rhetorical triangle) about the power of reading.
This 10-slide PowerPoint uses shocking statistics about reading’s correlation to successes and challenges in life to help students get up and get excited about their language arts class.
Topics included/discussed in this PowerPoint include:
• Historical reading fluency rates in the United States
• Current statistics about reading in the United States
• Reading’s correlation to prison
• Impact of reading outside of school on vocabulary development
• Who reads the most in the United States
• Reading for the ACT, SAT, and other standardized tests
• Jobs requiring reading
• Teacher outline of quantitative and qualitative student reading goals for the year.
The PowerPoint is compiled using student-friendly language. Notes, guiding questions, and pieces of advice for leading a classroom discussion are available in the “Notes” section of the PowerPoint.
Every year, I use this PowerPoint during the first week of school as a cornerstone in getting my students invested in reading. Instead of just saying that reading will set you up for success in life, I like to show my students exactly what this means. The statistics in conjunction with the classroom discussion have proven to be highly motivating for middle school students.
Check out these Related Back to School Resources:
Back to Middle School: Policies & Procedures Notes, Teacher Guide, Quiz
TNReady Main Idea & Central Idea Lesson and Guided Practice
Scoot Back to School Student Questionnaire for Middle School
ELA Bell Ringers for Middle Grades: TNReady, Set, Go Bell Ringer Race
TNReady ELA Mastery Tracker
(Written by Middle School Writer, Mara Truslow).