Students in our ELA classes are already well on their way to becoming lifelong readers who have developed a reading profile comprised of the books and other texts that they like to read. In addition to personal favourites, students read literary, popular and information-based texts that are appropriate for their age and interests. The texts students read reflect a balance between those that are selected on an individual basis and those introduced by others, including the teacher.
There are many ways to introduce texts to students...
Book talks are one of the easiest and useful ways to introduce books to students. The best book talks include a short reading from the text, a quick summary and reasons why the book should be read.
In this video, vlogger Catriona explains how to produce a Booktube review. Profiles of many YA Book Tube content creators and book reviewers can be found in this article.
Set up like speed dating with limited time at each station, students move from book to book and increase their exposure to different texts.
PEER BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS
Peer recommendation are powerful ways to engage students in reading. Shelf hangers and book reviews are one way to promote different titles. Informal peer book talks and having students read and review new titles can also build a community of readers in the classroom.
Have students read and create mini book reviews for the classroom or school library shelves. QR codes can also be used to link to online reviews, author information and other book information.