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  • Creating Lifelong Readers Giving students choice in the books they read Beth Shaum St. Paul Catholic School Grosse Pointe Farms, MI bethshaum@gmail.com Twitter: @FoodieBooklvr
  • A Story…
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Why choice?
  • 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?
  • 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
  • Example: literature theme notebooks
  • 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
  • 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
  • Choice does not have to be a free- for-allExample of the genre requirement form I use with my 6th graders
  • “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?
  • It’s not rocket science…
  • …and they all lived happily everafter? Beth Shaum St. Paul Catholic School Grosse Pointe Farms, MI bethshaum@gmail.com Twitter: @FoodieBooklvr
  • 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 http://www.pennykittle.net/uploads/pdf/ReadingWorkshophandouts.pdfLesesne, 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.