I work at a Title I school. The majority of my students receive free or reduced-price lunch and come from homes where English is their second language. A considerable percentage of the population is not meeting standards.
Many of my students come to school with little life experiences.
They have not had the opportunity to experience things such as traveling on vacations or even watching a play at the theater. Even though they have daily obstacles to overcome, they come to school eager to learn. Once they enter my classroom, I want them to be assured that they are in a safe learning environment and that anything is possible!
Emelie Buchwald said, "Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." But eventually, those readers must become independent readers. My third graders are at the point where most of them are reading chapter books, but a few are still scared to make the leap.
This project will allow me to introduce my students to books that are designed specifically for newly independent readers who are ready to make the exciting leap from leveled readers, but not quite prepared for a traditional chapter book.
I chose several exciting and high-interest series that will help bridge the gap between leveled readers and traditional chapter books, such as Notebook of Doom and The Owl Diaries. Branches book series by Scholastic are easy-to-read text, they have simple plot lines, they contain plenty of context clues, and include purposeful illustrations that aid reading comprehension. There is a book for all types of readers.
After reading a book, the students will be asked to design a book jacket book report. They will have to design a new book cover for their book, as well as include information such as a summary of the book they read. They will have to rate the book and provide evidence as to why they rated it the way they did. Combining art with their reading skills will put their creativity to work!
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