Theses 9th graders are amazing! These are my friend Brett’s students.
Each year, my ninth-grade students spend part of their first day of class creating a list of books that have shaped them as readers. I want them to explore their “reading lives” a bit, so I ask them to recall a picture book they loved, a book they never finished, a book a teacher read aloud to them . . . the list goes on and on, and we try to quickly gather the good, the bad, and the ugly from the reading experiences of their first fifteen years.
Then we choose a few of these books to develop into scenes in which we visualize what it looked like as they read, where they read, and how it felt. We follow this with some reflection on how the book shaped them as a reader and what they learned. It is a wonderful opportunity to examine how to balance showing and…
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