By: Patricia Grimes
Summary of Flipped
Life and Death
Summary of Life and Death
Bites and Bones
Write to Learn
After a long day of school, we all want to go home and watch a movie or play our favorite video game. However, the one thing that we don't do enough now is read. I bet ninety-five percent of students don't read when they get home. And to think they go to school for seven hours and learn about reading. They don't even use it outside of school most of the time. We need to find ways to encourage students to read after school is out. We need to figure out ways to excite students about reading.
One way we can do that is a summer reading challenge. If you challenge the students to read a small book a month, it will keep their reading skills sharp and vocabulary exquisite. Another is summer book clubs. If we make each month in the summer theme as a specific book and have students read it, it will keep them reading and having fun. They could also figure out what kind of books they enjoy most. They won't be wasting their time watching stupid shows that are uneducational or play video games that are violent and horrific.
Fluency is one thing that students really struggle with, and this would also help that. You could have students challenge each other to try to see who can read a page the smoothest. That would help with their fluency. This will help keep them ready for school and keep those reading scores up. Then, we can spend less time reviewing and more time learning the new and exciting things.
We also need to teach them about were the books for their levels are. If we put up a system in our library, to show where the kindergarten books are and where the high school books are, that would make things easy for the younger students and the new students too. So if we put up signs in the library, saying high school or middle school, so they know where to find the right ones for them. They should also talk to the librarian before they try to find a book. That would give them an opinion to think about if they don't know their level of reading. If we make signs that are bright colors and hanging above the book cases.
All the teachers work really hard to teach us about reading and how to get better. It would be tragic if they work so hard to teach us this and then we forget about it. These activities would be better than going home and watching TV shows. If we use this, these after summer activities will also help with students reading skills like visualization, question making, and schemas (connections.) If we had activities during the summer for reading, students will always be reading during and after school hours.
Thank you for reading my letter and considering my ideas. I hope to see these changes in the future.
My sentence fluency has improved a bit and I understand what I read as well. My active reading strategy has improved as well. I am able to make more questions and connections while I read.