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Thanks for your feedback. Yes, isn't it wonderful when you are done
reading something as a class and the students are looking for more? I
find this a lot when my students finish Night by Elie Weisel--they want to
read more about the Holocaust. Sadly, though, so many students are so
busy outside of school (as we all are), so I don't see as much
recreational reading as I used to.
A few years back I would have "reading workshop" each Friday. During this
time the students would read anything of their choice (magazines, novels,
newspapers, etc.). They had to come to class with the reading material,
have a plan for what they would accomplish by the end of the hour, read,
then evaluate what they got accomplished. Of course, 95% of the time was
spent reading, and the students LOVED it. They had a choice of what they
could read and they could sit back, relax and read for about 50 minutes.
But due to administrative pressure to get more accomplished during the
year (the importance of state testing caused this to happen), I had to
abandon this practice. I really miss it . . .
>Cheryl, I agree completely with you. If you can get a student hooked on
>reading, the classics will come because they are just that, classics.
>Sometimes we must also let a book do what it was intended to do, entertain
>without dissecting and critiquing it. Once you get a student reading
>suggest books that you enjoyed and maybe they will become classics to the
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