|Cover on upside down!|
They will read this young adult novel in fifteen days. They take the number of pages in the book, divide by fifteen and that's the number of pages they need to read a day. Each day, after reading their pages in class, they have two things to do.
The first thing they do is fill out a calendar journal. Calendar journals was something a friend shared with me from Pinterest. I adapted what I found on The Nifty Boutique site. The page I used was a free download. I did white out dinner at the bottom of each box and wrote in pages so that students had a place to record how many pages they read.
|My first two calendar journal entries for The Scorpio Races|
My purpose for the calendar journal is so they have a place to record questions/thoughts/summaries of what they read each day.
CALENDAR JOURNAL DIRECTIONS
You need to fill in the calendar every day. You can fill each square with a variety of things and you can change the activity each day.
* write a sentence or two that summarizes what you read
* write what you think the most important word in the days reading was
* draw a picture that symbolizes your reading for the day
* ask a question about the day’s reading
* words or phrases you like or
* words or phrases you don’t understand
The activities that the kids do after they finish reading come from a variety of places. I've done this unit many times, with many different grade levels, so the activities have been changed up or reworded. I know that some I use come from Susan Finney. She presented a seminar in our district in 2003. She has several books out that I use for reading activites. I'm sure if you google her, you'll find a list.
The activities this year are grouped into categories: Plot, Character, Word/Style, Setting and Miscellaneous. I wrote out more than fifteen questions so that students have a choice each day of what they want to do. They have to do a certain amount of activities in each category, but they can choose which ones they want to do and when they want to do it. They complete the activities in a booklet they make the first day of the unit.
And that's really it. Students choose books, students read books, students think and write about books.
There will be a writing assignment after this. One of the genres freshmen are supposed to write about it a literary analysis. We'll see how that works out!