As reading specialist at my high school, my biggest challenge is to make lifelong readers of our students. With over 60 different languages spoken, I know that I have to be inventive and creative to reach out to my students to make them understand the joys of reading. At a recent International Reading Association convention, a guest speaker, Dr. Nathan Unrau from California State University, delineated the five most successful techniques to motivate reluctant readers. In this reading project, I am incorporating four of them: high interest literacy that relates to their lives, connectedness between teacher and student, connectedness between student and school, and challenges to their intellectual curiosity. With these motivational aspects in mind this is why I would like to create the "Sullivan 2006/2007 Book Choice Awards." Each semester students who participate would read three titles from an award-winning list and rate the books. Throughout each semester we would have "Book Choice Parties." At these book parties we would review books that students are reading in an effort to tantalize all participants to select book choices they may have not considered before. Students who participate in this "Book Choice Award" project will benefit from exposure to different genres, increase their fluency, develop a broader vocabulary, and produce a connection to school. At the end of each semester we would have the "Book Choice Award Gala" with oral reviews and the presentation of the winning titles. This would be a volunteer program and I would personally go from classroom to classroom to invite and motivate students to participate in this wonderful contest. I love young adult books; they are a passion of mine. I can sell these book titles because I have read all the books that are in this "award program." The books that I am asking for are two sets of the Illinois Abraham Lincoln Book Awards. These books were voted as the most outstanding by Illinois students from grades nine through twelve in Illinois. At Sullivan we are going to put reading on the map!
|Illnois Abraham HIgh School Book Award 2007 • Perma-Bound Books||$278.63||2||$557.26|
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