Reading is a fundamental skill that forms the foundation for all other academic subjects and is an important life skill! In this episode, I’m joined by Jennifer from Books, Babbles & Bows. We explore several strategies to promote reading and discuss practical methods for holding students accountable. Strategies such as assigning regular reading time, using book trailers and first-chapter Fridays to generate interest, allowing students to have choice in reading material when possible, and using accountability measures like tracking student progress using a quick Status of the Class activity.
We also address challenges such as balancing different book genres and formats and finding ways to engage reluctant readers. Join us as we explore practical tips and techniques for creating a reading-friendly environment in middle school classrooms.
A few of the ways Jennifer shares to hold students accountable for reading:
- Book Trailers: Share book trailers to expose students to new books, particularly focusing on genres that interest them.
- Status of the Class: Rather than traditional reading logs, Jen uses a Google form to track students’ reading progress.
- RACES: Use the RACES (Restate, Answer, Cite Evidence, Elaborate, Sum It All Up) strategy to prompt students to respond to reading comprehension questions.
- Choice Books: Give students the opportunity to choose books of their interest for certain projects or assignments, such as book talks or end-of-year projects.
Get to Know Jennifer from Books, Babbles & Bows
Hey there! My name is Jen Marchione and I am a 5th grade ELA and History Teacher. This will be my 11th year in the classroom. You might also know me as Books Babbles and Bows. I am extremely passionate about finding ways to engage and excite my students. I have always loved reading and writing. One of my big goals is to instill that same passion with my students. When I am not teaching I am a mama to three wonderful little girls. My oldest is six and I have twins that are three years old. In my free time you can find me hanging out with friends and family , shopping, reading books, going for walks, and having dance parties in my kitchen while singing out of tune.
Connect with Jen!
- Books Babbles & Bows Website
- Literacy Magic Mazes – freebie!
- First Chapter Friday Book Suggestions & Graphic Organizers
Be sure to join the Secondary ELA Facebook group where we will be continuing the conversation on holding students countable for reading!.