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Meenoo Rami Inquiry Into PracticeEmpowering Adolescent Readers
Context:•inquiry-driven, project-based,partnership HS with TheFranklin Institute•487 Students•Grades 11 and 12•Interested in authenticreading and writingexperiences, thoughtful use oftech, connected learning
Demographics:•46% African-American, 36%White, 9% Latino, 9% Asian,4% Other•57.1% Free and ReducedLunch•8.2% IEP, 13.3% Gifted•1.8% English LanguageLearners
Research Questions:•How does choicereading help studentsbecome authenticreaders?•What does it look likewhen students becomeauthentic readers?•What are the risks inimplementing choicereading program in ahigh school Englishclassroom?
Problems beingaddressed:•fake-reading•“readicide” - systematickilling of the love reading,often exacerbated by theinane, mind-numbingpractices found in schools(Gallagher 5).
Purpose of Research•Explore my own questionof ownership of students’reading lives•Share my research andpractice with other teachers•Continue to refine mypractice of teaching reading
Implementation of ChoiceReading:•Pledge to end “fake reading”•Modeling of reading life•Setting up a classroom library•Book Talks, Book Talks, BookTalks•40 book challenge -- focus ongenres•Ongoing reading conferences
Observations/Findings:•Ownership matters•Exposure to variety ofbooks•Connection betweenreading and writing
Final Thoughts:•Do the things thatscare you•whole-class texts andchoice reading shouldfind a balance in yourclassroom•Share your readinglife; help your studentsbuild their reading lives
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