Theme: Creating a Classroom Full of Readers and Writers
Writer’s Workshop: Getting to Know Students as Readers
Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates is about a dog who loves books so much he decides to open his own bookstore. After a few false starts, he finally receives a customer who wants a book. And Dog, being an avid reader, knows just what to recommend. This is a short book that demonstrates fairly simply how a reader can lose himself in a book.
Lesson Idea: Read aloud this book. Discuss how Dog loses himself in books. What does that look like? What does he imagine? Ask your students to brainstorm a list of reading material (books, magazines, fiction, informational, etc.) that each student may have lost themselves in. I think you will find that even your most reluctant and/or dormant readers will have at least one example. And if they don’t, make it your mission to help them find that one book this year. Use this book as a starting point to get to know each of your students as readers – their reading likes and dislikes.
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