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Engaging readers: Managing independent reading

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An overview of managing independent reading

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Engaging readers: Managing independent reading

  1. 1. Engaging Readers: Managing Independent Reading Emily Kissner Bendersville Elementary School @ELKissner elkissn@gmail.com
  2. 2. About me
  3. 3. What do you think? Use this Google Form so that we can find out about participants.
  4. 4. Benefits of reading choice There is a strong correlation between time spent reading and reading achievement. (Allington, 2014) Students who engage in recreational literacy at school read more books at home (Block and Mangieri, 2002)
  5. 5. Benefits of reading choice Fifteen minutes of reading in-school per day can lead to gains, especially with on-grade and below level readers (Block and Mangieri, 2002)
  6. 6. Benefits of reading choice Access to a wide variety of books, both fiction and nonfiction, and choice of what to read are both correlated with increased motivation to read. (Allington and Gabriel, 2012)
  7. 7. Challenges of reading choice Instead of being engaged with books, kids will just “pretend read”.
  8. 8. Challenges of reading choice I don’t have enough books for a classroom library.
  9. 9. Challenges of reading choice I have so much to cover, there’s no time for reading!
  10. 10. Setting the scene Build a classroom library so that your students ALWAYS have access to books.
  11. 11. Setting the scene I like to collect nonfiction books that correlate to science topics in large bins that I can rotate in and out through the year
  12. 12. Setting the scene Used books can be purchased at the Friends of the Library bookstore at the Gettysburg Library
  13. 13. Setting the scene This year’s Used Book Sale will be August 1-4 at Redding Auction House, with the bag sale on Saturday Book Sale Details
  14. 14. Book Clubs Scholastic book orders can be a way to get books. One or two parent purchases can get you bonus points! Book Clubs home page
  15. 15. Selecting Books ● Mix of fiction and nonfiction ● Picture books and novels ● Graphic novels ● Books that showcase diversity ○ Favorite authors… ○ Anthology links… ○ Student requests
  16. 16. Putting together your library Instead of a complicated sorting technique, I keep books in bins by author and genre, and “oddballs” on the shelves below
  17. 17. Reading from Day 1 Gather the most exciting, most high-interest books you have and spread them out through multiple browsing bins
  18. 18. Reading from Day 1 You’ll have some readers with specific requests, while others will enjoy browsing. Work the room! Lots of easy, attractive books will connect with readers.
  19. 19. Moving forward Slowly increase the amount of time that you expect students to spend reading. Build stamina with a smile! Around Day 4 or 5, introduce a written component in which students write something about what they read that day.
  20. 20. Keeping track of books Slowly introduce checking out of books. For the first two weeks, I don’t let students take books home. Then, they can sign out one book at a time.
  21. 21. Keeping track of books With 6th graders, my expectation is one book/month. Here you can see my super-amazing tracking system—-writing titles on a class list.
  22. 22. Building a routine Work with your readers to create a list of non-negotiables for independent reading time. Usually: ● Everyone is reading ● The room is quiet ● Stick with a book for the entire session ● No unnecessary movement
  23. 23. Guiding readers When students ask me for a book recommendation, I choose 3: one very similar to their previous book, one of a similar style, and one that is a “nudge” to more complexity.
  24. 24. Guiding readers Teach readers to use the language of literature to describe their preferences! “First-person” or “third-person limited” or “no books in present tense!”
  25. 25. Adding accountability Written responses to reading are totally OPTIONAL! If you have kids reading 15 minutes daily and completing books, you have already completed a challenge! These next steps are your level-up.
  26. 26. Long term goals Wide reading OR Narrow reading?
  27. 27. Exploring Books What books do you want to check out? This is your chance!
  28. 28. References The Value of Independent Reading: Analysis of Research. https://www.hmhco.com/~/media/sites/home/classroom/shop- by-subject/summer-school/2017/resources/hmh_independent_re ading_libraries_white_paper.pdf?la=en The Case for Narrow Reading. Stephen Krashen. http://www.sdkrashen.com/content/articles/narrow.pdf

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