MI Students Participate in Camp Read-A-Lot
Posted on 11/04/2016
Students in Mason Intermediate Fourth Grade Gifted Intervention Specialists Liz Dooley and Amy Hammond's classes are participating in Camp Read-A-Lot: The 40 Book Challenge!
"This reading challenge is about having fun, trying new genres, encouraging young readers, and collecting beads along the way!" Hammond says.
The students read books at school, at home, for a grade, and/or for leisure, and track read books in their binder. For these gifted learners, it isn't simply about reading more.
"The students are encouraged to use the strategy of finding "signposts" as they read such as Memory Moments or Contrast and Contradictions. Signposts are poignant parts of the story where students can rev up their thinking by digging deeper into the plot or character development," says Dooley.
Students then complete an online blog for each book they read. The blog is a letter to the author, including two stars (things they liked) and one wish (something that they wish the author had done differently).
"The students write about [the signposts] in their blogs creating authentic critical thinking reflection. The students are also engaged in critical thinking because of the analytical and critiquing voice that they take on as they write the letters to the author, rather than the traditional summary and retelling that takes place in book report," explains Dooley.
An online bead request form is completed for items such as reading the first book, finishing the first book of each genre, completing a teacher's challenge book, participating in genre master: (one who reads every genre), and for completing the 40 Book Challenge. The Blogger Of The Week receives a star-shaped bead.
"This endeavor latches onto positive thinking and excitement regarding reading and blogging - not showing sadness, disappointment, or a sense of failure if students only reach, for example, 31 books this school year," added Hammond. "With each new bead, we conference and discuss their blog."