I am always on the look out for new and different ways for my students to respond to their reading. The same old, "write a paragraph about this book" gets tedious and boring book after book. So I have done quite a few things in my room to try and combat the boredom, while still engaging the students in meaningful book reflection.
Educational Insights. They send me this really awesome Book Blog Writing Center and my students are hooked!
The idea of them "blogging" about books has really peaked their interest. Though they are not on the computer, it is set up in a very similar way. There is a section for a post, comments, and "tabs" for book recommendations and author recommendations. It really is sort of neat!
If you look closely at these comments, which are in response to the book "There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom" by Louis Sachar, you can see that the kids are responding to each other. It isn't just their own opinion, but they are taking into account other's ideas as well.
About every three days or so, I go in and remove the "top post" and a new post gets shown. Then the students who are in the Reading Response station during LAR can post new comments and it all starts over.
I am so happy to have this in my room. It is providing a real, authentic way for my students to respond to their reading, as well as to interact in some way with other readers in my classroom.
And guess what??? Educational Insights is going to give one of my lucky readers a Book Blog Writing Center to have in their own classroom! All you have to do is enter on the rafflecopter below. I would love to hear how you plan to use this in your room!
This giveaway will close on Friday morning, 12:01am EST, so be sure to get your entry in! Good luck.
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