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Creating classrooms where readers flourish

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  • 1. Creating Classrooms Where Readers Flourish Donalyn Miller thebookwhisperer@gmail.comCore Idea #1: Carve out more reading time for students. o Set aside time to read in class. o Eliminate bell ringers and fast finisher activities. o Recapture wasted instructional time and wait time.Core Idea #2: Surround children with reading role models. o Evaluate your reading experiences. o Commit to reading more. o Bring your reading life into the classroom.Core Idea #3: Increase access and exposure to books. o Create classroom libraries. o Visit the school library on a regular basis. o Introduce authors and books through read alouds. o Provide frequent opportunities for students to preview, select, and share books.Core Idea #4: Reconsider whole class novel units. o Whole Class Novel Benefits o Provides a common text for instructional purposes and reference. o Assures students read at least a few books. o Exposes students to works with cultural, historical or literary significance. o Builds community. o Whole Class Novel Concerns o No single text can meet the reading levels or interests of the wide range of readers in a classroom. o Novel units take too long. Students cannot read enough to develop strong literacy skills. o Extensions and fun activities reduce authentic reading, writing, and thinking and send the message that reading is not innately valuable.
  • 2. Creating Classrooms Where Readers Flourish Donalyn Miller thebookwhisperer@gmail.com o Streamlining Whole Class Novels o Shorten the amount of time you spend reading one book. o Strip units of activities like projects and vocabulary work. o Alternate whole class novel units with independent reading units. o Use read alouds and shared reading, particularly with difficult text. o Provide students time to read in class and receive support from you. o Reposition Instruction Around Independent Reading o Design instruction around genres, themes, literary elements, or comprehension strategies, not specific books. o Create guiding questions or independent practice that can be used with any book. o Use common texts like short stories, articles, and the first chapters of books for modeling and teaching. o Ask students to apply what they have learned to their independent books. o Select books from a range of reading levels.Core Idea #5: Validate students’ reading choices.Lifelong readers sometimes… o Read deeply from one author or genre. o Read books that are too easy or too challenging. o Prefer fiction to nonfiction and vice versa. o Follow series. o Read graphic novels, magazines, and Internet content.Core Idea #6: Encourage students’ authentic reading responses. o book commercials o response entries o book reviews o book clubs o technology applications: book trailers, Glogster posters, podcasts, discussion boards
  • 3. Creating Classrooms Where Readers Flourish Donalyn Miller thebookwhisperer@gmail.com Book Recommendations ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ Forty Book Requirement o Poetry (anthologies): 4 o Science Fiction: 2 o Traditional Literature: 3 o Informational: 4 o Realistic Fiction: 5 o Biographies, Autobiographies, Memoirs: 2 o Historical Fiction: 4 o Graphic Novels: 1 o Fantasy: 4 o Chapter Book Free Choice: 11 Additional ReadingGallagher, K. (2009). Readicide: How schools are killing reading and what you can do about it. Portland, ME: Stenhouse.Lesesne, T. (2010). Reading ladders: Leading students from where they are to where wed like them to be. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.Newkirk, T. (2009). Holding on to good ideas in a time of bad ones: Six literacy principles worth fighting for. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.