[ISLMA-Share] Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller

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Wed Aug 9 12:58:21 CDT 2017

I have not done the 40 books per year model, but I tell my 5th graders that
we will provide each child with a private printout of all the materials
they check out that school year.  I remind them during the year.  At the
end of the school year, each child analyzes her/his own reading....trends,
genres, media, NF topics, total checkouts.  As that last library period
ends, I ask all the kids to raise their hands if they checked out 30 or
more titles that year.  We go up to 50, 60, etc.  I know that not all of
these books have been read, but I don't feel that anyone is crazy fibbing.
In the end, it is actually very gratifying for those students to get a
round of applause when we recognize the top numbers of checkouts.

On Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 9:15 AM, Email list for the Illinois School Library
Media Association <islma at list.railslibraries.info> wrote:

> I am on a quest to instill a love of reading in my students. Many of them
> do not read the books they check out or can't remember what the books were
> about.
> Have any if you tried the 40 books per year and the genre requirements
> from The Book Whisperer in your library program?  I do give ABC grades to
> my K -5 students. If so, how did it work, do you have any tips for
> implementation?
> If not, but you've thought about it, why did you decide not to do it.
> Many thanks in advance,
> Sue Meegan
> Calumet City
> Sent from my iPhone
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Amy Sanecki
Cotton Creek School
545 Newport
Island Lake, IL   60042
847-526-4700 ext: 3406


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