This is MUST READ!!!! I know I have been guilty of doing whole class novels coupled with a packet that I found online. But WHY? Why did I feel the need to have my students answer questions after each chapter? Why did I feel it was necessary for them not to read ahead? I mean when you love a book and can’t put it down, that is what you do… keep reading.
As you read this post, especially if you teach 3rd-5th grade, think about ways you can change the whole class novel experience for your scholars.
I knew I had to teach reading when I was first hired as a 4th-grade teacher. After all, every teacher teaches reading. Yet, I didn’t know how to really teach reading. I knew components of effective literacy practice, and yet, what those actually looked like within my own classroom was a bit of a mystery. How did actual teachers of reading teach reading to kids who already knew mostly how to read?
My very first answer? Whole class novel, of course.
Thinking back to my own days of learning how to read, I knew to not go the basal approach, and yet I remembered that shared experience of reading the same novel as everyone else. Of discussing. Of trying to find meaning within its pages as we drove each other to deeper levels of understanding. Of even finding a few books I never knew I could love (For Whom the…
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