We read 74 choice novels last month!
(That’s in addition to the assigned novels for our genre study: We don’t put up links for those books!)
Even while we run through a literature unit, the choice reading we do at the beginning of class is my number one non-negotiable. No matter what, we read for the first ten minutes of class, reading the books we like to read, just to read them.
Even if students are behind in their assigned novels, they read their choice novels during the first ten minutes of class. (Sometimes they fight with me about this, but I don’t bend.)
Even if I’m behind in my curriculum, we read our choice novels during the first ten minutes of class.
It’s important to me to separate the “fun” literacy we start our class with from the “work” literacy we do afterwards.
That’s 138 choice novels read so far this year!