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How to Build a Community of
Readers in a High
School Classroom
Sarah Andersen
Email: sandersen@fentonschools.org
Twitter: ...
Why??
“I believe each of my students must
craft an individual reading life of
challenge, whim, curiosity, and hunger,
and ...
Points of Discussion
Read Aloud
Book Talk
Book Pass
Independent Reading Project
Silent Sustained Reading (SSR)
LT: Impleme...
Read Aloud
★ A high interest, no stakes reading
experience
★ A dedicated reading time(8-10
minutes)most class periods
★ Wo...
Book Talk
★ Teacher/student shares a recommended
title and a brief summary of the book
★ Can take place at regular interva...
Book Pass
★ A way in which students familiarize
themselves with available books
★ Each student samples a book for 3-5
minu...
Independent Reading Project
★ Culminating choice project created by
students that showcases their reading
experience
★ Pos...
Ind. Reading Project Examples
Silent Sustained Reading
★ Recreational reading time where students
read silently in a designated time
period, daily.
★ Ti...
Book Displays & More
Books Displays & More cont.
Closing Thoughts
“I cannot expect all students to love
reading, but I can help them hate it less.”
~Pernille Ripp, creator...
Helpful Resources
★ Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of
the NCTE (ALAN)
★ Read aloud recommendations
★ Class library...
THANK YOU!
★Little, Brown & Co.
★HarperCollins
★St. Martin’s Griffin
★Candlewick Press
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How to Build a Community of Readers in a High School Classroom

This is the presentation Lindsay Grady, Amanda Canterbury, and I presented at the Fenton High School/Grand Blanc High School/Flushing High School 2015 summit.

How to Build a Community of Readers in a High School Classroom

  1. 1. How to Build a Community of Readers in a High School Classroom Sarah Andersen Email: sandersen@fentonschools.org Twitter: @yaloveblog Amanda Canterbury Email: amanda.canterbury@flushingschools.org Twitter: @am_canterbury Lindsay Grady Email: lgrady@fentonschools.org Twitter: @lmgrady
  2. 2. Why?? “I believe each of my students must craft an individual reading life of challenge, whim, curiosity, and hunger, and I’ve discovered that it is not too late in high school to lead a non-reader to reading. It’s never too late.” ~Penny Kittle, Book Love, 2013
  3. 3. Points of Discussion Read Aloud Book Talk Book Pass Independent Reading Project Silent Sustained Reading (SSR) LT: Implement strategies that will build a community of readers
  4. 4. Read Aloud ★ A high interest, no stakes reading experience ★ A dedicated reading time(8-10 minutes)most class periods ★ Wonder, Boy 21, The Giver, Stolen ★ The landmark report, Becoming a Nation of Readers,primarily recommends that the practice of reading aloud should continue throughout the grades. http://www.trelease-on-reading.com
  5. 5. Book Talk ★ Teacher/student shares a recommended title and a brief summary of the book ★ Can take place at regular intervals throughout the school year ★ Every Day, Liars, Inc., Dead to You, Before I Fall ★“The positive outgrowth of book talks is that my students read because they want to, not because I ask them to.” http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/strategies-reading-success-rah-rah-reading
  6. 6. Book Pass ★ A way in which students familiarize themselves with available books ★ Each student samples a book for 3-5 minutes and passes it to the next person ★ A book pass will be demonstrated in part 2 of this session ★ “I just wanted to say a quick thank you for the books you shared with us in class. They were important to me and I thought you should know that.” scholar.lib.vt.edu
  7. 7. Independent Reading Project ★ Culminating choice project created by students that showcases their reading experience ★ Poster, book trailer, art work, book review, poetry, musical piece, soundtrack ★“Authentic interest is generated when students are given the opportunity to delve deeply into an interesting idea.” ~Kelly Gallagher, Readicide: How Schools are Killing Reading and What you Can Do About It
  8. 8. Ind. Reading Project Examples
  9. 9. Silent Sustained Reading ★ Recreational reading time where students read silently in a designated time period, daily. ★ Times vary based on class schedule ★ Winger, Eleanor & Park, Elsewhere, Unwind, All the Rage ★ “...the best way to develop reading ability is to provide abundant opportunity for experiencing reading.” ~Richard Allington, If They Don't Read Much, 1977
  10. 10. Book Displays & More
  11. 11. Books Displays & More cont.
  12. 12. Closing Thoughts “I cannot expect all students to love reading, but I can help them hate it less.” ~Pernille Ripp, creator of the Global Read Aloud
  13. 13. Helpful Resources ★ Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE (ALAN) ★ Read aloud recommendations ★ Class library book recommendations ★ Recommended Graphic Novels ★ Book Trailers ★ Penny Kittle’s Book Love Grant
  14. 14. THANK YOU! ★Little, Brown & Co. ★HarperCollins ★St. Martin’s Griffin ★Candlewick Press

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