Friday, June 8, 2012

Book Talks

Ryal's Certificate
It's been a great year for reading at our school. In grades 6, 7, and 8 we asked students to try to read 40 books this year. Many students had never read a book on their own before. During class, students who finish work early, take out their own reading book to read.

In my reading class, students read their books for 15-20 minutes at least three times a week. At least twice a week, the students would respond to reading prompts based on our reading lessons, which are based on the stems of our GLEs (Grade Level Expectations).

Often students would come to class and say, "Could we just read today?" I've heard kids say to each other, "You should check out this book; then we could read it together." These are firsts: how exciting to have kids excited about reading.  The total pages read by sixth and eighth graders was 8,691! That translates to about 86 one hundred page books!  The seventh graders did not get a chance to share their total pages, but Rista read 72 books on her own! Whether they have read five books or forty books, it's a wonderful step towards better readers.

The last activity we did was to create certificates. Students used Keynote to choose a template, add book cover and portrait images, and declare their book reading progress.

Some students then wrote a book talk on their favorite book, recorded it in Photo Booth, and dragged it into their Keynote. We then exported them as movies, and some students added them to our class blog, or their individual blogs. Click here for the the book talks filed under the "book review" tag.

Tish just finished hers; enjoy her "Book Talk:"

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