I read this book as I was preparing to teach 4th grade Language Arts. Our eighth grade Language Arts teacher had recommended it. I fell in love with it and couldn't put it down. My Kindle copy is highlighted over and over.
In the book, Donnalyn Miller talks about how she gave her students choices in what they read within the framework of genre studies. She had her students read 40 books from different genres over the course of a school year.
Based on her book, I put the genre studies to use. Being new to this type of program and for sake of not freaking out my students, I shortened the book requirements to 16 for the year. That was 4 per quarter and roughly one every two weeks. I counted books over 150 pages as 2. See file for the genre requirements, reading log, and reading blog pages for recording the student achievements.
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If you have not yet read this amazing book, you should!