Reflection: Student Ownership The Power of Books: Selecting Outside Read Books - Section 3: Browsing the Books


... is invigorating. It's so interesting to see where students head first, who they interact with while there, and which ones ask for guidance. Normally, I love directing students toward books I think they might enjoy, but I have to say, my own stipulations challenged me! So many of my favorite books have recently been turning into movies-- The Help, The Book Thief, Speak-- and it limited me. In order to match students will books I know they will enjoy, I bent my rule and allowed two books that have films: My Sister's Keeper and The Secret Life of Bees. I made an exception for these texts because there are significant differences between the book and movie. I think that the students who read these books will have enough to work with that's different from the film (if they chose to read them) and can present a unique book trailer at the end of the project.

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The Power of Books: Selecting Outside Read Books

Unit 12: Introduction to Romeo and Juliet
Lesson 4 of 4

Objective: SWBAT read and comprehend age-appropriate literature with proficiency by selecting a book of their choice for an outside reading project.

Big Idea: Some kids don't know that they like reading; letting students pick their own book can help them appreciate reading.

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