I love reading! Ever since I was a little girl, I remember always curling up on the couch with a book.
Now as a teacher, how do I get my students to read on their own? How do I foster a love (or at least a tolerance) for reading?
I require my students to do independent reading each term. I always have. Every year, I usually change it up because I get some grand new idea. But for the last few years, I have kept it the same.
I give my students a Reading Menu of sorts. Here is how it is broken down. The students have 3 activities they need to do for their reading assignment: Annotate an informational article and answer questions about it, read a novel and answer literary questions about it, and write an essay about the theme of the novel they read. The student choice comes with how I grade the assignment.
Well...I am changing it for 2nd semester! (Shocked? I know.) I am using a new independent reading program called Curriculet. For those of you not familiar with the program, Curriculet is an independent reading program that encourages closer reading in print or online. Each book contains a digital layer of questions, quizzes, and rich media experiences placed within a text. When students read a text in the Curriculet digital library, questions, quizzes and experiences are embedded within the text, so the students are instructed and assessed as they read. The other thing I absolutely love about this program is that it gives me so much data and feedback about how my students are doing--Are they getting a concept? How is their comprehension?
I will keep you updated on how it goes!