ESTABLISHING A FREE VOLUNTARY READING PROGRAM or HOW TO GET YOUR STUDENTS TO READ – AND LIKE IT
READING REFLECTION – This form is short and simple and it is the best tool I have for getting students to enjoy reading because they get to express themselves. It corresponds to the ways of assessing reading explained in Free Voluntary Reading by Stephen Krashen and in Readicide by Kelly Gallagher.
1) Be convinced yourself of the value of reading, and particularly self-selected reading
2) Model reading by reading to them and by reading in front of them
3) Teach them how to choose reading materials
Summer Reading This is a list of books my level 4 & AP students said they enjoyed reading. It explains why reading novels is important and includes reading levels for many novels to help guide students into picking something comprehensible and interesting.
4) Provide plenty of reading materials that are comprehensible, interesting and (when possible) culturally relevant
5) Teach them how to read in another language
6) Make reading a regular part of the routine in your classroom and enforce it consistently
7) Continually point out why we are reading (like every single time they read until they can say it to your first)
QUOTES ABOUT READING Print these out, hang them around your classroom and shine your laser pointer at them when the “Why are we reading again?” questions start. they will eventually get to the place where they say, “I don’t really like to read in English, but for some reason I like it in Spanish.”
8) Hold them accountable for their reading (lightly)
DUAL ENTRY JOURNAL Updated! – Medium level of accountability. Shows you care and are aware, but not smothering students with too many detailed questions about their reading.
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