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The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller
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Aug 09, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011, education, curriculum
Read from August 04 to 09, 2011

When I'm reading a book about how to do something, the pattern is usually: first book, how to do "x" this way; second book, how to do "x" a different (better, and often opposite) way; third book, DON'T DO "X" AT ALL!! This book falls into the latter category; i.e., don't assign your class a certain book, don't do a unit on it, don't require book reports/reading logs, etc. This is a really excellent for language arts teachers, not really designed for parents, but I learned from it anyway. And now, of course, I don't know how I'm going to teach language arts in my co-op homeschool, but I highly recommend it.

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Robin Did you ever figure out how to incorporate these ideas into a co-op class? I'd be curious to hear how you did it.

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Jen It ended up being pretty successful. We only did it for half the year, and we had kids from 9-16 years old. The challenge was to read 20 books, a certain number of each genre (we added some genres, including Graphic Novels, Classics, Poetry, I think). If they accomplished the goal, they could go to a laser tag party at the end of the class. If they read 20 books but didn't do all the genres, they got ice cream (Hurray for reading!). There was a writing piece but that was hard to enforce through homework, since most of the kids already had a writing curriculum. We charged a materials fee. And had some great discussions! Our co-op met once a week and this class was an hour. We talked about general critical reading stuff but also how reading changes from genre to genre. I charged a materials fee but I don't remember how much ($10 or $20?).

Robin Oh, awesome! I just got up the courage to sign up to do my version of this class at our co-op. If you have any lesson plans or source material for talking about genre and 'general critical reading stuff' I'd be very interested.

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