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A Year of #bookaday
Picture Book Read Alouds
in Middle School
Why I did it, How it went,
and Why I'll do it again
Jillian ...
#bookaday inspiration
Donalyn Miller
@donalynbooks
http://bookwhisperer.com/2015/05/04/reading-is-its-own-reward-summer-re...
Think back to your childhood...
What picture book do you remember most?
Because of feelings or memories
you associate with...
Because...
...At first I was kind of skeptical that 7th & 8th graders
would gather around a teacher and read a so-called
“...
Why a Daily Picture Book Read Aloud?
What are your purposes for
reading aloud picture books to a child?
“A Year of #bookad...
Because…
…it shows that not only little kids can have fun and
read them. So can we. (Gio)
...The #bookaday was a great way...
My Rationale for a
#bookaday Picture Book Read Aloud
Fluency Modeling
Community Building
Critical Reading & Analysis of Bo...
Because...
…they teach us about theme in a more simple way.
(Bruce)
…it can help develop our reading and presenting skills...
Have you ever had students who feel invisible?
A new favorite... (Just ask Aalisiyah)
To the Sea by Cale Atkinson, Disney-...
Because…
…every time I was in a bad mood there was always a
picture book to calm me down. I always learned
something from ...
Picture Books Connect Us
How did you first hear about this one?
On twitter?
From #nerdybookclub friends?
Books challenge u...
Because...
…older kids may still want a piece of their childhood
with them and being read to is one way to bring back
chil...
Which ones are you recommending lately?
“A Year of #bookaday Picture Book Read Alouds” © 2015 Jillian Heise
Because…
…it’s a good way to start off class and to feel like a kid
again. (Maddie)
…middle school kids can still have fun...
Logistics: Teaching Routines
Get comfy in read aloud spot, Listen, Comment
Purpose: Enjoyment + Thoughtfulness
“What did y...
Because…
…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
stu...
Logistics: Choosing Titles
All 180 chosen by first day of school? Not a chance!
Considerations:
Enjoyment Connections
Obse...
Because...
…it helps us get focused on the lesson. It's an example
we can look back to. (Kimani)
Why picture books?
“A Year of #bookaday Picture Book Read Alouds” © 2015 Jillian Heise, @heisereads
Hallway Display
-> visual record
-> accou...
Because…
…they’re fun to read and teach me lessons I need to
know. (Satien)
…the thing I like about the read alouds are th...
Who says assignments have to be serious?
Can your students make up their own ridiculous excuse stories?
A hit with student...
Because…
…picture books gives us hardworking kids a break
from all the serious stuff. (Larry)
Why picture books?
Variety of Criteria for Choosing Titles
● Good Read Aloud Potential
● New or Loved Books
● Fun/Entertaining/Enjoyable
● Fa...
Because…
…they helped me build an imagination and rethink
possibilities of actions. (Nathaniel)
…picture books inspire us ...
Can you say unreliable narrator?!
Complexity isn’t only about text level, but knowledge demands & what you do with the tex...
Because…
…they connect you to your childhood self and make
the class more enjoyable. (Kenny)
…they give us a chance to tak...
Where to start?
This year, this class, with these books, chose this top ten.
Read. A lot!
Watch #bookaday & #nerdybookclub...
Because…
…thanks to #bookaday, Mrs. Heise helped me see
that it’s ok to still read a picture book and enjoy it. It’s
good ...
“A Year of #bookaday Picture Book Read Alouds” © 2015 Jillian Heise, @heisereads
If you try it, let me know!
@heisereads
J...
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A YEAR OF #BOOKADAY PICTURE BOOK READ ALOUDS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL: WHY I DID IT, HOW IT WENT, AND WHY I’LL DO IT AGAIN
Read alouds are not just for our youngest elementary students, and neither are picture books. One of the best teaching decisions I ever made was having a #bookaday picture book read aloud goal with my 7th & 8th graders. Hear about my journey from inception of the idea, finding support, and logistics; through implementation with teaching routines, choosing titles, and creating displays; to benefits for the students, teacher, and classroom community; ending with my reflection on the year and why I’ll keep it going in my classroom next year.

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nErDcampMI 2015 A Year of #bookaday Picture Book Read Alouds in Middle School

  1. 1. A Year of #bookaday Picture Book Read Alouds in Middle School Why I did it, How it went, and Why I'll do it again Jillian Heise @heisereads nErDcampMI 2015
  2. 2. #bookaday inspiration Donalyn Miller @donalynbooks http://bookwhisperer.com/2015/05/04/reading-is-its-own-reward-summer-reading-and-the-7th-annual-bookaday-challenge/ “A Year of #bookaday Picture Book Read Alouds” © 2015 Jillian Heise
  3. 3. Think back to your childhood... What picture book do you remember most? Because of feelings or memories you associate with it? What book will your students remember most from your classroom? “A Year of #bookaday Picture Book Read Alouds” © 2015 Jillian Heise
  4. 4. Because... ...At first I was kind of skeptical that 7th & 8th graders would gather around a teacher and read a so-called “kid book”. But after the first few weeks of school, I started to get eager for the next read aloud. (Larry) Why picture books?
  5. 5. Why a Daily Picture Book Read Aloud? What are your purposes for reading aloud picture books to a child? “A Year of #bookaday Picture Book Read Alouds” © 2015 Jillian Heise
  6. 6. Because… …it shows that not only little kids can have fun and read them. So can we. (Gio) ...The #bookaday was a great way to bring everyone in a circle and have a good conversation and also keep us in a kind of childish but happy attitude. (Nathaniel) Why picture books?
  7. 7. My Rationale for a #bookaday Picture Book Read Aloud Fluency Modeling Community Building Critical Reading & Analysis of Books Better Understanding of Literary Themes Opportunity to Discuss Many Complete (& Complex) Texts Numerous Chances to Use Text Evidence/Support Claims Joy of Reading-Taking Time to Sit & Listen to a Story Appreciation for/Thoughtfulness about Art Common Texts to Reference Addresses Standards “A Year of #bookaday Picture Book Read Alouds” © 2015 Jillian Heise
  8. 8. Because... …they teach us about theme in a more simple way. (Bruce) …it can help develop our reading and presenting skills. (Aalisiyah) Why picture books?
  9. 9. Have you ever had students who feel invisible? A new favorite... (Just ask Aalisiyah) To the Sea by Cale Atkinson, Disney-Hyperion, 6/2/2015 “A Year of #bookaday Picture Book Read Alouds” © 2015 Jillian Heise
  10. 10. Because… …every time I was in a bad mood there was always a picture book to calm me down. I always learned something from them and it was always a good thing to start my day. (Nate) Why picture books?
  11. 11. Picture Books Connect Us How did you first hear about this one? On twitter? From #nerdybookclub friends? Books challenge us to discuss... Are you #teambear or #teamrabbit (or perhaps #TeamDeer)? “A Year of #bookaday Picture Book Read Alouds” © 2015 Jillian Heise
  12. 12. Because... …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) Why picture books?
  13. 13. Which ones are you recommending lately? “A Year of #bookaday Picture Book Read Alouds” © 2015 Jillian Heise
  14. 14. Because… …it’s a good way to start off class and to feel like a kid again. (Maddie) …middle school kids can still have fun and read picture books. I also like that we all can read a lot, and can still be “kids”. (Asha) Why picture books?
  15. 15. Logistics: Teaching Routines Get comfy in read aloud spot, Listen, Comment Purpose: Enjoyment + Thoughtfulness “What did you think?” “What is the story really about?” Where can you find 5-10 minutes in your daily schedule? “A Year of #bookaday Picture Book Read Alouds” © 2015 Jillian Heise
  16. 16. Because… …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) Why picture books?
  17. 17. Logistics: Choosing Titles All 180 chosen by first day of school? Not a chance! Considerations: Enjoyment Connections Observing my class School culture Themes/Topics Student request Lesson planning New books Current Events Second opinions “A Year of #bookaday Picture Book Read Alouds” © 2015 Jillian Heise
  18. 18. Because... …it helps us get focused on the lesson. It's an example we can look back to. (Kimani) Why picture books?
  19. 19. “A Year of #bookaday Picture Book Read Alouds” © 2015 Jillian Heise, @heisereads Hallway Display -> visual record -> accountability -> community
  20. 20. Because… …they’re fun to read and teach me lessons I need to know. (Satien) …the thing I like about the read alouds are that they are different each time, they all have different types of pictures, themes, and messages the the author sends in the book. (Da’Nazsha) Why picture books?
  21. 21. Who says assignments have to be serious? Can your students make up their own ridiculous excuse stories? A hit with students…& a great lesson! I Didn’t Do My Homework Because... (3/4/2014) & A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School... (3/3/2015) by Davide Cali, illustrated by Benjamin Chaud, Chronicle Books “A Year of #bookaday Picture Book Read Alouds” © 2015 Jillian Heise
  22. 22. Because… …picture books gives us hardworking kids a break from all the serious stuff. (Larry) Why picture books?
  23. 23. Variety of Criteria for Choosing Titles ● Good Read Aloud Potential ● New or Loved Books ● Fun/Entertaining/Enjoyable ● Favorite Author/Illustrator ● Gather Opinions ● Mentor Texts ● Theme ● Lesson Tie-In ● Related Topic ● Connected Texts “A Year of #bookaday Picture Book Read Alouds” © 2015 Jillian Heise
  24. 24. Because… …they helped me build an imagination and rethink possibilities of actions. (Nathaniel) …picture books inspire us as older kids. You’re never too old for a picture book. (Taysha) Why picture books?
  25. 25. Can you say unreliable narrator?! Complexity isn’t only about text level, but knowledge demands & what you do with the text. Who Says Picture Books Aren’t Complex?! The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach, Knopf Books for Young Readers, 1/6/2015 “A Year of #bookaday Picture Book Read Alouds” © 2015 Jillian Heise
  26. 26. Because… …they connect you to your childhood self and make the class more enjoyable. (Kenny) …they give us a chance to take a break from other longer books we read. (Alex) Why picture books?
  27. 27. Where to start? This year, this class, with these books, chose this top ten. Read. A lot! Watch #bookaday & #nerdybookclub and follow @MrSchuReads @ProfessorNana @100scopenotes “A Year of #bookaday Picture Book Read Alouds” © 2015 Jillian Heise
  28. 28. Because… …thanks to #bookaday, Mrs. Heise helped me see that it’s ok to still read a picture book and enjoy it. It’s good to just be able to relax and have a good laugh. (Kimi) Why picture books?
  29. 29. “A Year of #bookaday Picture Book Read Alouds” © 2015 Jillian Heise, @heisereads If you try it, let me know! @heisereads Jillian Heise heisereads@gmail.com

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