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Free Voluntary Reading
Helps Everyone
Everyone should love to read
Middle School
Teacher-Librarian
A younger and thinner
J...
Welcome to
Session 1222
Presented by
Leslie Holwerda
& Brenda Roberts
Teacher-Librarians
Peel District School Board
For OLA Superconference 2013
We believe that as teacher-
librarians our main goal…
 is to instill a love of reading
 by modeling a love of reading
 ...
Try this:
What are you currently reading
(ebook, internet, magazine, print, professional)?
Why did you select this?
Share ...
Free Voluntary Reading is:
 reading because you want to
 reading what you want
 reading when you want
 what most adult...
DANIEL PENNAC AND
QUENTIN BLAKE
Sum it up!
Stephen Krashen is:
 professor emeritus at the University of
Southern California
 a linguist, educator and activist
 ha...
Krashen summarizes:
(students involved in FVR compared to those who aren’t)
 do as well or better at reading comprehensio...
And a few bonuses:
 teachers report fewer discipline problems
 this works just as well with second language
learners
 i...
Donalyn Miller is:
 a grade 6 Language Arts and Social Studies
teacher
 the author of The Book Whisperer
 a Blogger: Th...
The Book Whisperer site
Grade 4 and 5
Mercy Pilkington, goodereader.com
Reading Inventory
 Reading Interest-a-lyzer © (based on the Interest-A-Lyzer by J.S. Renzulli, adapted from D. Miller)
 ...
The 40 Book Challenge wiki
TL Example
Grade 4
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 5
Grade 5
Grade 5
Building Community through
Comments
Challenges
 teacher support
 access to computers
 student engagement
 time
 misunderstandings, e.g. “Done!”
MIDDLE SCHOOL
Class and Library programs
Advertising in the Library
Library Sign up
Library Challenge Log
Library Edmodo conversations
Class Challenge
Classroom Book Carts
Results: Grade 8 Genre Quiz
You may need to add some new
spine (classification) labels
In the classroom
 Literature Circles
◦ grouping
◦ real discussions
 Assessment
◦ co-creating rubric
 Silver Birch Blitz...
Student Comments
I read 27 so far!
I'll read poetry now
I've learned I like historical fiction
You`ve gotta read this!
Whe...
Link to Free Voluntary Reading
Helps Everyone LiveBinder
for all resources
Questions
And
Answers
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  1. 1. Free Voluntary Reading Helps Everyone Everyone should love to read Middle School Teacher-Librarian A younger and thinner J.K. – Gr. 5 Teacher-Librarian
  2. 2. Welcome to Session 1222
  3. 3. Presented by Leslie Holwerda & Brenda Roberts Teacher-Librarians Peel District School Board For OLA Superconference 2013
  4. 4. We believe that as teacher- librarians our main goal…  is to instill a love of reading  by modeling a love of reading  by reading many books and reviews  by recommending books
  5. 5. Try this: What are you currently reading (ebook, internet, magazine, print, professional)? Why did you select this? Share something interesting? Will you finish it? Would you pass it on to a friend?
  6. 6. Free Voluntary Reading is:  reading because you want to  reading what you want  reading when you want  what most adults do daily  is often called SSR or USSR or DEAR in school settings
  7. 7. DANIEL PENNAC AND QUENTIN BLAKE Sum it up!
  8. 8. Stephen Krashen is:  professor emeritus at the University of Southern California  a linguist, educator and activist  has published more than 350 papers and books  believes that FVR is the most powerful tool we have in language education
  9. 9. Krashen summarizes: (students involved in FVR compared to those who aren’t)  do as well or better at reading comprehension  do better on tests of writing, writing fluency, spelling, vocabulary, grammar  read more (both during and after the program ends)  show an improved attitude towards reading
  10. 10. And a few bonuses:  teachers report fewer discipline problems  this works just as well with second language learners  increased general knowledge  for older adults, less memory loss
  11. 11. Donalyn Miller is:  a grade 6 Language Arts and Social Studies teacher  the author of The Book Whisperer  a Blogger: The Book Whisperer Education Week Teacher  a Contributor: The Nerdy Book Club Blog  on Twitter @donalynbooks  a champion of free reading
  12. 12. The Book Whisperer site
  13. 13. Grade 4 and 5 Mercy Pilkington, goodereader.com
  14. 14. Reading Inventory  Reading Interest-a-lyzer © (based on the Interest-A-Lyzer by J.S. Renzulli, adapted from D. Miller)  Name: ____________________ Teacher _______________ Age _______  Please circle your answers.  Are you currently reading a book for pleasure? Yes No  Do you ever read a book for pleasure? Yes No  What do you like to read for pleasure? (circle all that apply)  chapter books history books picture books newspapers sports books mystery books poetry books fantasy books science books biographies funny books scary books non-fiction books magazines cartoons comics manga other ________  I am more likely to read a book for pleasure if:  A teacher suggests it A friend suggests it A librarian suggests it  It’s won an award It’s by an author I know The cover is interesting  I see a book trailer for it I find out about it on the internet  5) My 3 favorite books are:  1) ___________________________________________________________________________________________________  2) ___________________________________________________________________________________________________  3) ___________________________________________________________________________________________________  6) In the last week, I have read for at least half an hour (30 minutes):  Every day 3-5 days 1-2 days 0 days
  15. 15. The 40 Book Challenge wiki
  16. 16. TL Example
  17. 17. Grade 4
  18. 18. Grade 4
  19. 19. Grade 5
  20. 20. Grade 5
  21. 21. Grade 5
  22. 22. Grade 5
  23. 23. Building Community through Comments
  24. 24. Challenges  teacher support  access to computers  student engagement  time  misunderstandings, e.g. “Done!”
  25. 25. MIDDLE SCHOOL Class and Library programs
  26. 26. Advertising in the Library
  27. 27. Library Sign up
  28. 28. Library Challenge Log
  29. 29. Library Edmodo conversations
  30. 30. Class Challenge Classroom Book Carts
  31. 31. Results: Grade 8 Genre Quiz
  32. 32. You may need to add some new spine (classification) labels
  33. 33. In the classroom  Literature Circles ◦ grouping ◦ real discussions  Assessment ◦ co-creating rubric  Silver Birch Blitz  Success!
  34. 34. Student Comments I read 27 so far! I'll read poetry now I've learned I like historical fiction You`ve gotta read this! When do we find out who wins? When is reading today?
  35. 35. Link to Free Voluntary Reading Helps Everyone LiveBinder for all resources
  36. 36. Questions And Answers
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