Leap Into Literacy Grade 3
Reading Workshop - Still Organizing Your Classroom Library?
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Organizing books into categories can be more helpful to the development of your students´ reading identities. This way, when students approach the classroom library their first thoughts are "Who am I as a reader?" & "What are my interests?" rather than "What level book can I read?"
An interest survey, can be helpful with sorting books. Organizing your books in categories based on student interest reflects their identities in the classroom library. For example, if you have a class with many athletes you may want to title a bin ¨Athletes Who Will Inspire You¨. Also consider if/then labels, i.e. ¨If You Loved Wimpy Kid, You´ll Love...¨. Don forget, students are your greatest resource! Have the students come up with suggestions for the bins. Start a bin by putting a label on an empty basket. Then, when kids finish a book that they think fits the category, they can add it to the new bin. Other sample labels may include...
- Strong Girl Characters
- Before Justin Bieber, These Guys Were Cool
- As Magical as Harry Potter
- Class 2A´s Favorites
- Out of This World (Science Fiction)
Writing Strategies for the Reluctant Writer
2.10 Silence the "It's No Good" Voice
This language is meant to help students who struggle to collect ideas in their notebooks. Remind students that a notebook is a place where they can write their ideas without judgment. Ideas are just that - ideas. They may not turn into anything or they may turn into something amazing.
2.16 Stuck with Writing? Read.
For students with writer's block having a basket of mentor texts can help students to independently visit and use their resources during times of struggle.
2.21 Why Do You Write?
When conferring with students who feel writing is hard use this strategy to have them focus on why the topic is important to them and why they want to share this piece with others.