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Spring break is just around the corner! Are you excited? I sure am. I know we could all use a break, but during that break, I like to give my students an incentive to keep them reading or writing. I don’t want this assignment to feel like drudgery, because who wants to be forced to work during their break? Not me. But I don’t want them to lose the progress or momentum they’ve made with their reading throughout the year.
So what’s a teacher to do?
I’ve gathered a list of ideas and resources that may just be perfect for you!
1). Start a class reading blog. I love having a place for my students to share their thoughts on the books they’ve read. With a class blog, students can email a book review to be posted on the class blog. This can be purely intrinsic motivation or you could offer some extra credit.
2). Host a Reading Challenge! Click on the link to read more about the tools I use to host reading challenges and get a freebie!
3). Speech Analysis. On any given day, we turn on the TV and see a new speech being given. These speeches are riddled with valuable teaching moments. While I love to teach specific speeches, I also love to give students freedom in the speeches they analyze. One idea is to give students one of these Speech Analysis handouts and allow them to search for a speech given over spring break. They can analyze it using the handout and then present when school is back in session.
4). Blackout Poetry. I love blackout poetry and my kids do too. For some inspiration, check out this Instagram post. If you haven’t heard of blackout poetry, you must do a quick google search. Students use existing pieces of text to create their own poetry and, in the process, create beautiful works of art. This combines reading and writing skills and is always highly engaging.
5). The Secondary English Coffee Shop blog has some great tips like the Shelfie app!
I hope this has given you some ideas. While I don’t want to assign reading that feels too much like a chore (and I don’t want to create a ton of extra grading), I do want them to keep reading.
Please let me know what you will be doing to encourage reading over spring break. Will you assign anything? Give extra credit? Or do you just give them the week off?
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