I know the title of this “The Best…” list is quite grammatically correct, but I just couldn’t figure out a better headline that pretty much says it all about this post.
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I’ve divided this list into four categories. The first one is related to studies showing the importance of books in the home. The second relates to to helping students select books they want to read. Next, I list posts sharing examples of what students can do while reading them (and does not include book reports!). And the last category includes web applications that make it easy for students to share about the books they have read.
Here are my choices for My Best Posts On Books: Why They’re Important & How To Help Students Select, Read, Write & Discuss Them:
THE IMPORTANCE OF BOOKS:
A Book in Every Home, and Then Some is a useful article in the New York Times about efforts to get books to low-income families. It contains links to some useful studies.
Books in the Home Are Strongly Linked to Academic Achievement is from Pacific Standard.
Teenagers’ book choices ‘go for easier reads’ is a BBC story on a recent study.
READING, WRITING & TALKING ABOUT BOOKS:
Can Reading Logs Ruin Reading for Kids? is from The Atlantic and discusses important recent research.
“Bloom’s Taxonomy According to Pirates of the Caribbean” is a fun video, and in the post I describe how I plan to use it as a model for a student assignment in their book discussion groups.
Considering the Future of Reading: Lessons, Links and Thought Experiments is from The New York Times Learning Network, as is Beyond the Book Report: Ways to Respond to Literature Using New York Times Models. They are obviously not my posts, but I think the best place to “curate” them is here.
Fun Assessment for Silent Sustained Reading is by Catlin Tucker.
USING TECHNOLOGY TO WRITE & READ ABOUT BOOKS:
This isn’t my post, but it relates to book trailers: Common Core, Book Trailers, and Three Good Tools for Creating Them is a helpful post from Richard Byrne that shares several web tools.
— Dana and Sonja (@LitLearnAct) December 18, 2015
WRITING BOOK REVIEWS FOR AUTHENTIC AUDIENCES
Book reviews are great writing opportunities. ELL teacherJennifer Duartehad some challenges having her students write ones for Amazon (not least of which being you have to buy something before they let you publish a review).Shelfari, though, seems like a very reasonable alternative. Students can create their own virtual bookshelf and write reviews of them.
Library Thingis similar to Shelfari, and is another good place for writing book reviews.
Good Reads is another.
Gangaroo lets your search for pretty much any product on Amazon and other sites, click on it, write a review of it, and then the image, your description and your review will show up on a public list. You can make separate lists of books, DVD’s, music CD’s, etc. You can post the url address to your list and its publicly viewable, but only registered users can leave comments
Suggestions are welcome…
For Those Who Want to Lead, Read is from The Harvard Business Review.
Books: A Living History is from Brain Pickings.
The Power of Purposeful Reading is by Cris Tovani.
Leah Price on the History of Reading is from The Browser.
Here’s a TED-Ed lesson and video (even though it’s not anywhere as interesting as it could have been):
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