For the Love of Reading! How to Cultivate a Love for Reading

January 17, 2018 by Literacy Blog 30 Views
We’ve all had that one student who loved reading. AR points were always earned ahead of time by him or her. But what about the other one we’ve all crossed paths with? How could we foster a love for reading in him or her?

With the new EL curriculum students are engaged in the reading of high-quality text on a daily basis. A Long Walk to Water, A Mighty Long Way, Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief, and Esperanza Rising are a few examples of the texts that students are either listening to and/or reading themselves each day. These texts can provoke deep emotion, spark interest, and provide a jumping point for students to fall in love with reading.

Here are two suggestions on how to cultivate a love for reading using the EL curriculum as a bridge.

Use the Recommended Texts to create Autonomy:

Each EL module contains a list of recommended texts

with the Lexile level attached.

  • Include a few of these texts on a display for students, and allow them the opportunity to choose the text that further peaks their interest.
  • Don’t worry if a student chooses a text outside of his/her Lexile range.

Remember, we are sparking a desire to read!

Create a Safe Spaces for Reading and Discussing during School:

EL lessons are set up to encourage reading and discussing the text. Creating a safe space for both required reading and discussions can go a long way to motivate students to read.

  • Abean bag chair, a fuzzy rug, maybe even a lamp... Items like these can help turn a small corner in a drab classroom into a “safe space” for reading.
  • EL encourages teachers to engage ALL students in daily lessons that require critical thinking about complex, worthy ideas, texts, and problems.
  • Teachers are encouraged to craft discussion questions that will elicit responses from each student in the classroom.

Create a Safe Spaces for Reading and Discussing after School:

When the bell rings at 3:15 p.m., everyone is ready to go home. However, incorporating Book Clubs as an after-school activity can further drive students to read, read, read!

  • Start interest based book clubs that meet regularly, and encourage that student to join.
  • The recommended texts found within each module provides a wealth of reading materials that further drive students to read and speak about the text.

Once we’ve sparked a desire to read, we ignite a fire through engaging conversations about the reading!




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