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  1. 1. Creating Lifelong Readers Giving students choice in the books they read Beth Shaum St. Paul Catholic School Grosse Pointe Farms, MI Twitter: @FoodieBooklvr
  2. 2. A Story…
  3. 3. What are we doing in our classrooms to causestudents to hate reading?  Assigning books they don’t connect with  Assigning one book for a whole class of students with disparate reading abilities  Showing that the only value in reading is when someone assigns it
  4. 4. Why choice? Meets students where they’re at, not where I expect them to be Moves students up their personal ladder of reading (Lesesne, 2010) Lifelong readers create lifelong learners Empowers students with autonomy, mastery and purpose (Pink, 2009)
  5. 5. Why choice? Autonomy – the desire to direct our own lives Mastery – the urge to make progress and get better at something Purpose – the yearning to do what we do in service of something larger than ourselves (Pink, 2009)
  6. 6. Why choice?
  7. 7. Criticisms of choice Surely students can’t learn the skills they need without shared reading experiences. Students need The Classics! How do students gain cultural capital by not reading “great works of literature” with a knowledgeable teacher?
  8. 8. Criticism: Students need sharedreading experiences Limit number of whole class texts, don’t eliminate them entirely – Adopt a 50/50 approach: 50% choice, 50% assigned reading (Gallagher, 2009) Read alouds – When did this only become important to elementary students? “Big kids” need models of good reading too! Short stories & poems – Learn literary elements through short pieces of text and have students apply these elements to their personal reading
  9. 9. Example: literature theme notebooks
  10. 10. Criticism: Students need TheClassics! Use the 50/50 approach Students won’t appreciate and respond to The Classics unless teachers show they respect students’ own reading choices Classics were not written with teens in mind – there are just as many great literary, contemporary YA titles teachers can use as there are classic texts
  11. 11. Non-exhaustive list of contemporary,literary YA writers you can use inaddition to classics:  Suzanne Collins Laurie Halse  M.T. Anderson Anderson  Laini Taylor Kenneth Oppel  Maggie Stiefvater John Green  Markus Zusak Lauren Oliver  Jennifer Donnelly Libba Bray  Patrick Ness A.S. King  Jacqueline Woodson Elizabeth Wein  Chris Crutcher Jay Asher  Angela Johnson
  12. 12. Choice does not have to be a free- for-allExample of the genre requirement form I use with my 6th graders
  13. 13. “You don’t have to burn books to destroy culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” – Ray Bradbury Is this what we’re doing to our kids?
  14. 14. It’s not rocket science…
  15. 15. …and they all lived happily everafter? Beth Shaum St. Paul Catholic School Grosse Pointe Farms, MI Twitter: @FoodieBooklvr
  16. 16. References and Works CitedGallagher, K. (2009). Readicide how schools are killing reading and what you can do about it. Portland, Me.: Stenhouse Publishers.Kittle, P. (2011). Penny Kittle – Reading Workshop Handouts. Penny Kittle. Retrieved October 6, 2012, from, T. S. (2010). Reading ladders: leading students from where they are to where wed like them to be. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.Miller, D. (2009). The book whisperer: awakening the inner reader in every child. San Francisco, Calif.: Jossey-Bass.Pink, D. H. (2009). Drive: the surprising truth about what motivates us. New York, NY: Riverhead Books.