Eek! I thought I had this scheduled to post on Thursday and I just realized it didn’t!
This week’s chapter from Reading In The Wild was all about building communities of readers by sharing books with each other. I absolutely loved Donalyn’s suggestion of the graffiti wall! Cover a bulletin board with black butcher paper and let the kids write their favorite quotes from the books they are reading. How exciting would that be?? My kids will love it! Here is an example I found:
My board will be much bigger than this because I will want it to be up and added to all year.
Another suggestion from Donalyn is to have students read books of interest together. It promotes conversation about the book, and it also may be helpful to a student who might not be able to read a book with complete independence- with a buddy, they can be more successful. I love to buy at least two copies of chapter books so that my students can read together. Sometimes, they’ll even go check out more copies of the book from the library so that more can read together. (I give you all my resources and tell about how I use Partner Reading in my classroom in my Launching Reading Workshop pack.)
Lastly, book commercials are an excellent way for students to share books. My kids LOVE Reading Rainbow, so being able to make commercials like they do on the show will be so exciting for them!
I’m even going to see if they could air on the school morning news show sometimes. They’d be celebrities! 😉