Better Idea #1: Status of the Class
Here’s the process in my room:
- Grab your clipboard or notebook with the Status of the Class recording sheet & make sure students are ready to go.
- Starting with the first student on your list, call out their name.
- Student tells you the title of the book they are currently reading and what page they are on.
- Record the info on your recording sheet.
- Use N for a new book, Q if a student quit a book before finishing, and F if a student finished their book and needs a new one.
Seriously, that’s it. And in that 2 minutes, you’ll learn more about your students as readers than you ever would from a reading log that may or may not be completely made up anyway.
You’ll find out…
- Who’s reading at home vs. who’s faking it. (Look for things like wide discrepancies in number of pages read, etc.)
- Who constantly abandons books.
- Who needs help finding books at a level they can understand.
Better Idea #2: The Great Genre Challenge
Better Idea #3: Book Talks & Teasers
Here are some ways to tease books in your classroom:
- Read just one chapter, or even just a couple of paragraphs from a really good section of the book to your whole class. Be sure to leave them hanging!
- Search YouTube for book trailers, and show them to your class. Lots of these have been created by other students, so be sure to watch the whole thing first!
- Have students create book trailers with a site like Animoto.
- Have students recommend books to one another with a book recommendation form like this one from Everything Just So.
- Grab their attention with just the first line of the book! There are tons of Famous First Lines ideas out there… just search #famousfirstlines on Instagram. Here are a couple of my favorites: