Get Real! Step Up and Join the Nonfiction Reading Revolution.
Help me give my students nonfiction reading selections that cover a wide range of interests, reading levels, and sub-genres within this all important reading realm.
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My language arts students are a bright, inquisitive, and enthusiastic group of 6th graders. Each one is gifted with a unique personality and perspective that combines to create classroom learning communities that are dynamic and diverse. There, we read a broad range of texts, sharing our observations, questions, challenges, and strategies along the way.
Recognizing that intellectual risks are essential to academic growth, my students are becoming bolder in their questions and responses.
They have come to recognize that many of the questions their reading prompts, even those that can’t be answered definitively, are academic superstars because they lead to rich discussions and further inquiry. Each day, they grow in their roles as insightful and discerning readers in preparation for successful lives of continued intellectual growth, rich experiences, and personal, civic, and global responsibility.
As readers, my students cover a wide range, from those who love reading to those who don’t like it at all. Research shows one strategy that benefits all readers, despite their reading profile: free independent reading. In his book "The Power of Reading," author Stephen Krashen reports that numerous “...studies show that more reading results in better comprehension, writing style, vocabulary, spelling, and grammatical development.” He argues that free independent reading, where students get to choose their books, “is one of the more powerful tools we have in language education….”
For these reasons, independent free reading has become an essential component of my classroom activities, and my classroom library has become central to that practice.
For some time, I have been working to create an inviting reading environment where students have many choices; my classroom library provides students with well-organized books within arms’ reach and comfortable seating. Both my students and I are happy with this progress; however, a recent inventory of our books has revealed a deep shortage of nonfiction selections.
Nonfiction is an especially important genre for students to explore since it builds background knowledge, a proven factor in student achievement. In addition, a student who reads nonfiction effectively will be better prepared to take on adult responsibilities. For these reasons, I am asking for help in building this section of my classroom library with texts that cover a wide range of interests, reading levels, and sub-genres within the nonfiction realm. Books like "Into the West," which chronicles our westward expansion, and "Be A Changemaker," a manual on how to make a difference in the world, will round out our class library nicely, and I would appreciate any help you can give us.
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