Dear Diary, Can I Please Read the Diary of a Wimpy Kid?
My students need 35 high interest books at their reading level to read during literacy circles, such as the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid".
Laughing at a good book. Reading in bed. Carrying a book with you everywhere you go. These are the things I want my kids to do when they are highly engaged in a good, entertaining book.
My fourth grade students attend a school in a low income area in California.
All students receive free breakfast and lunch. Some students can walk to the local library but most parents do not have cars to drive them to neighboring libraries or bookstores. There are thirty-two kids in the classroom who love to read but have to share books consistently. Their favorite part of the day is when they are being read to, or have free reading time and they compete for the high interest books in the classroom.
I would love for my students to be able to read the newest Diary of a Wimpy Kid book. They have showed a large interest in these books in the past and have been very excited to read the most current book. If I get enough copies for my students, I plan to incorporate the Diary of a Wimpy Kid into my daily curriculum. I plan to do literacy circles with the book and corresponding writing activities. Many of my students have shown an interest in writing comics, emulating the writing of Jeff Kinney. After students have read the Diary of a Wimpy Kid, I plan to complete a writing project with them where they will create their own "Diary Comics."
Unfortunately, my students do not always have access to the newest literature.
Having high interest books at their fingertips increases their reading comprehension skills, helps their writing skills and allows them to become life-long readers. My hope is for my students to continue to love to read, constantly seeking the newest, most interesting reading material. I am hoping that new books will spark their interest and ignite a fire in them.
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