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Daily Picture Book Read Alouds to Build Community, Empathy, & Identity


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WSRA WCRC October 2018
Wisconsin State Reading Association's Waukesha County Reading Council presentation

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Daily Picture Book Read Alouds to Build Community, Empathy, & Identity

  1. 1. Daily Picture Book Read Alouds to Build Community, Empathy, & Identity Jillian Heise, NBCT, @heisereads K-5 Library Media Teacher Former 7th & 8th grade ELA Teacher #classroombookaday
  2. 2. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads @heisereads #classroombookaday @heisereads Jillian Heise, NBCT Where to Find Me Online
  3. 3. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads The Reason for #classroombookaday
  4. 4. “ “ ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Why not bring #bookaday into the classroom? Announcing the first annual Book-a-Day Challenge was a public declaration of my commitment to read one book a day for every day of summer break…. Beyond my responsibility as a reading role model for the children in my life, I needed a challenge. I wanted to kick start my reading life and push myself to read more than I ever had. “The Eighth Annual #bookaday Challenge” DONALYN MILLER |
  5. 5. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Why picture books? How many read alouds do you usually get to in a school year? What if you had 180 chances to share a complete story with your students?
  6. 6. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Added Value with a Picture Book Shorter Text = Less Intimidating Complexity A Complete Story, More Quickly 5-10 Minute Time Commitment Reading aloud is “a practice that should continue throughout the grades.” (Becoming a Nation of Readers: The Report of the Commission on Reading, 1985, 51)
  7. 7. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Volume = Impact 180 chances to read more picture books & learn about ourselves, our world, and each other
  8. 8. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Picture Books are for ALL Ages There is no such thing as “too old” for picture books.
  9. 9. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Building Classroom Community through Shared Experience
  10. 10. “ “ ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Hearing stories results in more knowledge of the world…. Also, hearing stories helps children develop an interest in reading. Stephen Krashen, 2015
  11. 11. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Simple Idea, Big Impact
  12. 12. “ “ ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Stephanie Harvey & Annie Ward, 2017, From Striving to Thriving, Many picture books today offer deep, moving themes in a short, accessible form. Picture books offer striving readers an attainable entry point…. When we show all kids how much we value picture books, striving readers begin to see them as more than “baby books”.
  13. 13. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Drawn Together by Minh Lê, illustrated by Dan Santat
  14. 14. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads The Purpose
  15. 15. “ “ ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads The importance of reading aloud to children on a daily basis can’t be overestimated. The U.S. Department of Education Commission on Reading took into account over 10,000 studies and found that the most important activity for building the skills and background for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children (see Anderson, Hiebert, Scott, & Wilkinson, 1985). Children who are read to are usually the very best readers in the classroom, and they acquire large vocabularies, write well, and do better in other subject areas, as well. Lori D. Oczkus, 2012, Best Ever Literacy Survival Tips
  16. 16. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads The Initial Purpose Joyful Engagement Thoughtfulness Community Building Common Texts to Reference* *Just share the story. Any “work” related to the reading can come later.
  17. 17. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Bring Back the Joy
  18. 18. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads What Middle Schoolers Say “It’s fun to lay down and have her read to us and feel like a little kid again before we do all the 7th grade stuff.” -Malik “Older kids may still want a piece of their childhood with them and being read to is one way to bring back childhood. Because I never get read to anymore, so it’s nice to sit and relax while hearing a story.” -Skyy
  19. 19. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Powerful Impact
  20. 20. “ “ ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads When a teacher reads to a class… when everyone reads the same story, we are taken out of our aloneness. -Kate DiCamillo John Schumacher @mrschureads 2017#ReadingSummit
  21. 21. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld
  22. 22. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads
  23. 23. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Benefits of #classroombookaday Picture Book Read Alouds Time to Enjoy Class Build Classroom Community Support Students’ Identity Develop EMPATHY / Social Emotional Learning More Chances to Include Diverse Stories Practice Critical Reading & Analysis of Books Better Understanding of, and Ability to Identify, THEME Opportunities to Discuss Complete (& Complex) Texts Numerous Chances to Use Text Evidence in Support of Claims Include Variety of Topics in (& Outside of) the Curriculum / Build Schema Equalize Access to Text for All Students & Enhance Listening Skills Show Thoughtfulness About Story - both Text & Illustrations Responsive to Classroom Needs Each Day Create Joy for the Reading Experience Authentic Common Texts to Learn From Address Many Standards Model Fluency
  24. 24. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads A Note About Nonfiction Melissa Stewart @mstewartscience
  25. 25. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads The Logistics
  26. 26. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads A Visual Record + Accountability With this on display, it would be hard not to follow through!
  27. 27. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads A Variety of Displays
  28. 28. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Make it Work for You
  29. 29. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads But what do you DO with the books? Remember the Purpose: Enjoyment, Thoughtfulness, Community
  30. 30. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Questions to Promote Thoughtfulness What did you think? + {What did you notice?} What was it about?
  31. 31. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall
  32. 32. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Questions I Asked to Prompt Thoughtfulness What did you think? Beyond I liked it or It was good. MODEL elaboration and PROMPT for text evidence. What was it really about? Goes beyond summary & gets to theme. {I’m never looking for one “right” answer to this question.} What message might the author be sending? What lesson about life can you take from this book? Not every day. Not every time. Not every kid. But with a wide variety of books, and increased volume of thought & talk around books, students improve their ability to think critically about text. Think of it as a year-long scaffold. Deep reflection won’t happen on day 1 & maybe not on day 20, but by day 60...90...120...imagine what kids will be able to show you.
  33. 33. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Possible Resource to Extend to a Lesson
  34. 34. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads A Chance to Go Further Into Theme @knott_michele & her colleagues incorporated theme lessons from Jennifer Serravallo’s Reading Strategies book
  35. 35. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Figuring Out Theme through Character Jamaica Ross focuses on character in Red: A Crayon’s Story to guide students in figuring out possible themes.
  36. 36. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Go Back Into the Books Later Kylene Beers & Bob Probst, Disrupting Thinking, 2017
  37. 37. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Some #classroombookaday Adaptations ● Schoolwide K-8 {Whole school reads same books each week} ● Thematically connected each week (@carriegelson) ● Nonfiction focus one day a week ● #TBT with student “throwback” request ● Funny Fridays ● Vote on weekly favorites
  38. 38. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads What if I don’t have a classroom? ● Adopt a classroom you'll visit & read to every day ● Administrators visit one classroom each day, sharing one book a week in various classrooms ● My library version ➜ Each class, Each time
  39. 39. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Considerations When Choosing Books Good Read Aloud Potential Topic (curriculum or interest) Favorite Author/Illustrator Mentor Text Potential Support School Culture Mirrors & Windows (Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop) New Books Student Requests Theme Enjoyment & Fun Current Events Lesson Connections
  40. 40. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Bishop, R.S. (1990). Mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors. Perspectives, 6(3), pp. ix-xi. Windows, Mirrors, & Sliding Glass Doors “Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created or recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror. Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences as part of the larger human experience. Reading, then, becomes a means of self- affirmation, and readers often seek their mirrors in books.” Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop
  41. 41. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Who/What is being centered in your read aloud choices? How many chances do you have to share characters & creators from marginalized communities in the texts you share with your students? Do the books you share represent, & celebrate, all communities? What “Canon” Are You Creating For Your Students?
  42. 42. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael López
  43. 43. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Critically Evaluate the Books You Choose to Share What you promote sends a message. What you leave out does also. ● How much? {awareness} ● What kind? {#ownvoices} ● In what ways? {harmful stereotypes} {erasure}
  44. 44. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads
  45. 45. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads How do I find the books? ➔ Read A LOT! ➔ Use your (school & public) librarian! ➔ Follow trusted readers on twitter @donalynbooks @mrschureads @pernilleripp @ProfessorNana @alybee930 @knott_michele ➔ Search hashtags on social media #ownvoices #WNDB #bookaday #classroombookaday ➔ Check out state award/recommendation lists WSRA Children’s Literature Committee: Picture This!
  46. 46. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Go-To Read Alouds
  47. 47. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Perennial Favorites
  48. 48. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Authors & Illustrators to Know Hannah E. Harrison Dan Santat
  49. 49. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Authors & Illustrators to Know Debbie Ridpath Ohi Cale Atkinson
  50. 50. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Authors & Illustrators to Know Rafael LópezVanessa Brantley-Newton
  51. 51. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Authors & Illustrators to Know Bryan CollierJulie Flett
  52. 52. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Authors & Illustrators to Know Daniel MiyaresVashti Harrison
  53. 53. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads 2018* (& some 2017) Picture Books Themed Text Sets * so far
  54. 54. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Community
  55. 55. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Identity
  56. 56. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Dealing with Emotions
  57. 57. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Compassion / Empathy
  58. 58. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Kindness
  59. 59. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Acceptance & Inclusion
  60. 60. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Family
  61. 61. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Self-Concept
  62. 62. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Empowerment
  63. 63. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Bravery
  64. 64. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Cultural Awareness/Understanding
  65. 65. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Activism / Social Justice
  66. 66. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Processing the World
  67. 67. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Doing Right / Responsibility
  68. 68. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Fun & Laughter & Surprises
  69. 69. “ “ ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads Students enter schools that are test-driven, data-focused and Lexile-leveled, and learn that reading is too often simply the task of remembering information. We hope that they will encounter teachers who show them the power of reading to change their minds, change their thinking, and thus change themselves. Beers & Probst, Disrupting Thinking, 2017
  70. 70. ©2018 Jillian Heise | @heisereads @heisereads #classroombookaday @heisereads Jillian Heise, NBCT Thank you!