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I'm not so fond of how "The Novel" is taught to students today.
Pretty much nothing has changed.
But I'm trying.
I started a Young Adult Novel unit with my freshmen today. Actually, it started a couple of weeks ago when I got new books (all the ones on my wish list!). And then again, last Thursday when I told kids what we were going to be doing and they started earnestly looking through my books.
"Can I read this one?"
"I want this one."
"What do you mean, it's not worthy of me?"
"Really, I can't read it again?"
Yesterday was book choosing day. If they hadn't already found one last Thursday, then Tuesday was the day. The books were flying around my room. At one point, a book was pulled out of someone's hand (kind of like Black Friday sales!). They prepared their activity book, got directions for the journal calendar, and the activities they could choose from for each day's assignment.
My main goal is to get them to read a good book. And if you've read my blog before, you know I believe in choice. I want them to pick their own books. My only requirement is that it is worthy of them. I don't care what they read the rest of the year, but for this unit, I want them to read something with a little meat to it. Something that will make them think and feel. Something that will make them admit that they kind of like their book.
"Can we start reading our books today? Please? Mine looks really good!"
And so it begins....