Happy Thursday, friends! Today marks the third week of our Reading in the Wild summer book study. If you are just joining us and missed the first week (Wild Readers Dedicate Time to Read) or second week (Creating a Workshop Schedule that Works for You), make sure to check them out!
Throughout the year, one staple in our classroom was our monthly book display. From bullying to banned literature, we loved welcoming new books into our classroom and learning about difficult topics through these displays. These displays were often large, in-your-face visuals that highlighted books that students may have not normally picked up to read. Below I’ve shared a few of my favorite displays. Click on the descriptions above each photo or the photos themselves to learn how each display evolved and what books were featured!
Finally, acting as Miller’s version of the book commercial, we used Book Blurbs to share about our favorite reads. Using a paper clip and tape, we attached these blurbs to books on our display shelves. As students looked for a new book, they had the opportunity to get their classmates’ opinions. Read more about these blurbs and snag the template here!
These are just a few of the ways I build excitement for reading and encourage students to self-select their reading material. Reading a book blurb, watching an Augmented Reality video, or winning a book raffle are all ways students have ownership of their reading. How do you promote reading ownership in your classroom? What ways do you build excitement for reading? Please share by linking up your posts/ideas. If you’re not a blogger, that’s great, too! You can read/follow and comment. We want to hear your advice, thoughts, and ideas for the classroom, too. The more teachers we have joining, the more amazing our classrooms will be this fall! Next week, we will be reading Chapter 2: Curating a Classroom Library.