This year, I have realised how difficult is nowadays to make our students read. They live in a decade full of different free time activities, and most of them aren’t related to reading. It appears to be really hard to make them read, at least, it is hard using “traditional ways”. These days I have been working on the idea of motivate my students to read next year, and I read many articles about the importance of reading. After reading more than 20 articles about it, I decided to create PROJECT to start the following year. Today I would like to show you my ideas about a READING PROJECT! I really hope you enjoy it!
TOP 10 ESSENTIALS TO MOTIVATE THE READING!
1.THE READING CORNER
A good idea is to create a space where your students can read. They will be more motivated if there is a place in class where they can relax and read.
2. STORY TIME
Students will enjoy more a story if you read it to them. Storytelling is a good way to motivate your students to love reading. You can also allow them to read a story for the rest of the class.
3. READING GAMES!
There are many games to play in order to work on a text or a story. Here I show you some of my favourites!
- Running dictation: There is a text ( or various texts) around the class. Children work in pairs or mini groups. The idea is to dictate what they read on the texts to their partner who can’t read them.
- Crazy Professor Game: This is one of my favourite games! Thanks to my teacher at University all of my classmates discovered it some years ago! Here you can downoad a document explaining how it works!
- Scavenger Hunt: In this game, children have to search some words on a text. This is a way to make them focus on the reading. Ex: Search an object that is used to cook.
- Music books: In this game, children is around a circle made of chairs. On each chair there is a book. The music sounds and they have to move around the circle. When the music stops they have to find a place, sit down and read. This game is better if you use short texts.
- Story prediction: Before reading a story, it is nice to make them think about what is going to happen. It can be a competition, and children can make a bet.
- Partenr reading: Another game I usually use in my classes is the partner reading game. The idea is to make a group of children seat in a circle, and the other group stands up behind the others. Each standing child has to read a short story to his/her partner. The other kid has to guess who is the person who reads for him. Of course, the readers should “change” their voices to make it more difficult.
4. MIX THE READING WITH TECHNOLOGY
It is very important for your children to relate the reading with something fun. Nowadays everyone has a computer at home or a tablet…. Most of your students will enjoy reading games online. Sometimes I prepare an online quiz to review things about a story they already read or know.
5. THE STORY OF THE WEEK / MONTH
Every month we read at least 2 or 3 stories. At the end of the month, children is asked to vote their favourite story giving reasons. This is a good way to make them part of it. They really like to give opinions and that’s a good way to improve.
6. RIGHT AND DIFFERENT TEXT
When you choose a story, is essential to choose the right one. Many people will say that the most important thing is to choose the “right level”. I beg to differ…. Sometimes I use easy stories for my students and sometimes hard stories. It is good to make them think more or relax depending on what you want to transmit them. Right texts are those who are interesting and “perfect” for them. It is important to choose books that can become something important for them.
7. A PRIZE!
Storytelling has to be a PRIZE, an activity to enjoy. Sometimes, children relate reading with something boring. We have to change it! Reading should be something that make you feel good.
8. ALLOW THEM TO SELECT THEIR BOOKS!
We have to develop a critical thinking on our students. Sometimes is good to give them the opportunity to choose the story they want to read.
9. THEY NEED TO READ! THEY NEED TO UNDERSTAND!
Reading is one of the most powerful ways to learn. Nowadays we can have as many information as we want about a topic, but we need to read it! Read is also understand, and that’s something very important to develop on them.
10. THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO READ!
Hopefully, there are many ways to read and many texts to choose. It is the same reading a recipe than a poetry book? Of course it isn’t but both are texts! It is important to show them that there are many ways to read and many kind of texts to enjoy!