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Igniting a Passion for Reading by Steven Layne
Transcript of Igniting a Passion for Reading by Steven Layne
U.S. aliteracy rate has surpassed our illiteracy rate.
"More readers who can read and don't than we do readers who can't read at all." (Layne, p.8, 2009)
Less than one-third of thirteen-year-olds are daily readers (National Endowment for the Arts, 2007).
52% of Americans ages eighteen to twenty-four reported reading no books for pleasure in 2002, a 12-percent decline from the 1992 study (National Endowment for the Arts, 2007).
Strategies to Inspire Engagement
Professor of Literacy Education at Judson University.
Former elementary and middle school teacher, author, and speaker.
Fun Fact: Layne is close friends with the 2 Sisters: Gail Boushey & Joan Moser.
Igniting a Passion for Reading
A Poem from Layne:
Read to Them!
The Hook - adds enthusiasm, excitement, and curiosity. Use props!
The Teacher's Hot Read
A book you are reading for yourself, written at your students' level.
Buzz About Books
Each student brings a book they are reading to the group. Group members share the title, author, and page number.
Teacher assigns a focus item or question to discuss when the group meets.
Status of the Class
A way to keep track of who is moving forward and expose the class to new titles.
Each student briefly shares the title, author, cover, and page number.
Teacher chooses someone to have a "public-private" conversation.
Golden Recommendation Shelf
Teacher's favorite books, autographed books, recommendations, etc.
First Read Club
First Read by bookplates for new books.
Books are placed on each desk.
Students have 1 minute and 30 seconds to preview a book.
Students decide if they want to add the book to their "
Someday Book List
" or "
Books to Consider
Teacher randomly calls "
" during the week.
Students read for 15-20 minutes anywhere in the room.
Adds spontaneity, excitement, adding reading time to the day.
Use various genres: "Comic break", "Magazine Break", etc.
Book bags and sent home with students on a rotational basis throughout a unit of study.
Book bags filled with all types of texts and books.
"They don't have to read anything."
Raffle book bags to students on weekends.
Picture Book of the Month
Book stand placed on teacher's desk.
Students may read during free work time or checkout to read overnight.
At the end of the month, all students who read the book are invited to lunch with the teacher.
Teacher reads the book aloud and explains why it was chosen.
All adults in school reading a children's book!
Mo Willems author visit.
Initial Self-Assessment at start of year.
Final Self-Assessment at end of year.
Observe changes in interest and attitudes towards reading.
"If I'm a disengaged reader, the knowledge that I will have an experience with text in school that will not be assessed allows me a unique opportunity that school rarely provides for kids like me: the chance to experience a good book read well. If we can't make kids read (and we can't), then shouldn't we be concerned about monitoring how often we're providing experiences with text that are enjoyable so that they might consider reading on their own? Reading aloud - a good book read well - is the number one way to positively impact the disengaged reader."
(Layne, p.54, 2009)