In my 8th grade Title I Language Arts class this grading period, we’re reading The Gardener by S.A. Bodeen. It incorporates ecology, medical ethics and a little bit of romance into an adventure-lite story that the majority of my students enjoy.
So much that a few don’t want to leave once class has ended.
I wish I could have taken audio or video of the conversation these two students were having about their engagement with the story — as they were reading — to use as an example of a think aloud and to show my future students that reading is about so much more than the words on the page.
And now I’m thinking about better ways to scaffold discussion so more of my students can engage in the kind of authentic conversation about their stories that these two enjoyed.
And having kids want to stay in my classroom so they can read? A good problem to have.
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