Reflection: Co-Teaching Independent Reading Book Selection - Section 2: Reading Choice and Abe Lincoln


The librarian's role.  Sometimes, as classroom teachers, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to go it alone, that is, to design and accomplish curricular goals without as much assistance as we could otherwise take.  In the case of selecting choice books, I have found that my school's librarians are an amazing resource for collaboration on the front end/design phase of any research or resource-heavy assignment.  Days before my classes are scheduled to visit, I meet with the librarians as I am putting together the requirements for my assignment and get their input.  This is particularly helpful when I am designing research projects, since databases change quite often, and the librarians' knowledge of resources is tremendous.  

In this case, I saw several students come in contact with books that I was not aware of!  Our librarian, Pam, really enjoys being right on the spot when students are looking for the right book to suit their interests, so we approached this lesson in a collaborative, co-taught way. 

  The librarian's role
  Co-Teaching: The librarian's role
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Independent Reading Book Selection

Unit 1: Constructive Controversy -- Oral and Written Argumentation
Lesson 11 of 11

Objective: SWBAT inform their selection of a novel by listening to book talks, browsing book selections, and reading reviews online.

Big Idea: Reading longer works supports a reader's identity.

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English / Language Arts, Writing, argument (Presentation Skills), argument (Composition), motivation, choice, independent readin, choice books, extending reading, interest, book reviews, shelfari, amazon, abe lincoln
  40 minutes
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