If students are reluctant to read for the joy of it, maybe a bit of reverse psychology will help... Print this out or just project it during free reading time as a reverse psychology judo move motivator. Nobody wants to be fooled or controlled, but if you don't read that's probably happening to you and you don't even know it.
Brett, an experienced Spanish teacher in South Carolina, writes: Hi Bryce, I was just reading your article about 9 Steps to FVR. I'm trying to build up my reading materials. I basically have none at my new school. Would you recommend prioritizing based on getting a bunch of different books or buying class sets of a couple of select books? Good question. I would go with a bunch of different books. Here's why: Students acquire more language when they can choose their own reading materials. The free choice aspect gives them more buy-in and more engagement. When they can decide what [...]
This book will make your life easier and your teaching more effective. It is a compilation of the best comprehension checks for reading that I have discovered over 30 years of teaching and researching Free Voluntary Reading with my students. Whether you call it FVR, Sustained Silent Reading or Light Reading, when students read on their own magic happens. When it is taught well, self-selected reading is the best way to differentiate instruction and engage students. This book will show you how to do it--even with reluctant readers. With these best trade secrets from expert reading teachers you will be [...]
Here are some questions by Karen O., a Spanish 1 & 2 teacher that is starting a free reading program at her school. Hello Bryce, I just read How to Prevent Readicide NTPRS 2012 and your other handouts on Light Reading specifically for levels 1 and 2. Thank you so much for sharing them. Here are my questions: 1. Do you have kids do a Light Reading novel before or after an Academic Reading novel? Or does it matter? I have kids do free reading for a couple of months before they read a novel for a Light Reading Book Report. I barely [...]
I have asked my Spanish I students to do Light Reading in the first semester this year. In the past, only students in levels 2-AP were required to pick a novel and read it that early, but this year the novices were included. Most of these students are 9th graders and most have not had any Spanish before. I provided them with a variety of materials and time to read, and we all sat and read in class. They were allowed to choose anything they wanted as long as it was comprehensible and interesting to them. I explained the “comprehensible” [...]
BOOK RATINGS by STUDENTS Self-Selected Novels from Spanish III Light Reading Assignments, 2012. Students chose one novel to read outside of class each month of second semester. Books were rated by students on a scale of 1-10 Alphabetical by Author Average Rating 1. Vida o muerte en la marasalvatruchas 8 Anónimo 2. Las tres de la madrugada 5 Miguel Buñuel 3. Piratas 6.5 Mira Canion & Carol Gaab 4. Rebeldes de Tejas 6.8 Mira Canion 5. La ciudad de los dioses [...]