Readers change and evolve!
Every reader has a unique reading identity that evolves over time with their reading interests, reading habits and development as a reader.
It's important for readers to reflect on their reading identity several times through the course of a school year.
At the beginning of the year is crucial because this gives you, the teacher, an opportunity to get to know your students and your readers.
Mid year is another great time to do some reading identity work because readers are changing and evolving from the moment they walk (or log in) to your classroom.
The spring is an important time to have your readers reevaluate their reading identities as this time of school year is challenging because Spring Fever can run rampant inside classrooms!
Why Reading Identity Projects?
Whenever you have readers step back and take a look at themselves as readers and see how they have evolved over the course of the school year, reading progress is being made and your readers can make their growth more visible to you and everyone around them.
A reading identity project at the beginning of the year is really eye opening for you and your reader to see where he (or she) is right then.
If you don't have readers complete a reading identity project at the beginning of the year, it's okay...it can be done at any point within a school year.