Literacy Treasure Tip: Building Student Reading Lives

Updated: Oct 24, 2019


It's time for a Literacy Nugget straight from the Literacy Treasure Chest.

A Treasure Tip is a tip, strategy, product or anything that will make your literacy teaching life easier and more productive.





Today's Treasure tip is......

Building Student Reading Lives!




Reading attitude is everything!

Can you imagine going through life not wanting to read anything?

Not wanting to learn more about your interests?

Not wanting to escape into another world?

Sometimes, our kiddos just don't know what they are missing out on when they don't see themselves as readers. Or just see reading as another chore or task they need to do in school.

Talk about AUTHENTIC assessment!

Imagine what you can learn about a reader by just listening to

what they read,

how they read,

why they read and

when and where they read.

It's so important for children to dive into their reading lives and explore how they see themselves as readers. I know, some of you are thinking, "how cheesy is this chic right now?" BUT hang on...I'm going somewhere with this.

You can start with something so simple! You may want your students to start by exploring why they read.

A quick and simple way to grab a snapshot of the readers in your classroom is right here....

are you ready?...

  1. Ask them why they read! Encourage them to be brutally honest!

  2. Have them jot their reason (or reasons) down on a little piece(s) of paper.

  3. Assemble them all together.

  4. Hold a discussion about the kinds of readers in the classroom

  5. BAM!! Snapshot of the readers in your classroom.

  6. BONUS...Put it together and it becomes a cool, quick and easy anchor chart display that shows the personalities of the readers in your classroom. Do this again in a month or two to see how it changes.

Now... you know what you are working with and can decide how to move forward with your reading instruction based on the REAL readers in your classroom. Make a quick display and hang it in your classroom library or on your classroom door. Think of the possibilities when you have several of these throughout the year and you can see how your readers have grown... :)

Treasure Tip #2

Share your reading life with your students. Have your students explore their own reading lives. Use the Sharing Your Reading Life FREEBIE to guide you and your students through this process. You will learn so much about each other as you explore reading lives together. Check out this free download in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. (just click on the graphic)

I've already posted about establishing a reading culture in your building. You can have students explore their reading lives as seen and discussed here, Building a Campus-Wide Culture of Reading. Be sure to check out the gallery of pictures for different examples for exploring reading lives.

Until next time...



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