After many years as our district's school librarian, this year I split my time between the high school and the middle school.
I would like some suggestions for Read Across America that might be successful and engaging for my middle school students (something other than having guest readers come in or older students reading to younger ones).
I appreciate your ideas!
I am planning on having a group of my 10th grade readers create book talks on voice thread. This same group made two hanging banners with large triangle flags, each flag had a decorated letter spelling- "Read Across America". The flags were different colors of large construction paper hung across some yarn. We hung one banner above the library entry and the other in the main hall across the vice principal's office. She liked it.
We have our "new books" set out in our display cabinet as well as new book markers by the check out counter. I plan on visiting our English classes and do a few book talks and invite our AR readers to come view our prizes for this month...
Most of the advertising I've seen is for grade school libraries or classrooms. So I can understand the need to brain storm ideas for high school. I really need to start on this earlier next year. Black History month has taken a lot of my creative juices and time.
Thanks, Nan, for sharing your activities -- I'm about to use voice thread for the first time this week -- I will definitely consider using it for student booktalks in the future. Good way for students to be active participants in Read Across America - or at any time really. Your students' banners will be a great decoration and advertisement for the day as well.
Here's what I have planned for this year: Our 8th graders will compete in a first-line contest, our 7th graders will engage in "speed-dating" style booktalks, and our 6th graders will share jokes/riddles/card tricks/magic tricks that they learned about through reading books/online sources. Keeping my fingers crossed for a successful, engaging day!
I'm assuming your students are 6th-8th grade?
Thanks for your ideas - I'll keep them in mind for next year...
To piggyback on this, how about having the middle school students create Seuss-theme games for students who are in the lower grades, e.g. card games, board games, Word Bingo games, etc. ?
They also could create Seuss-theme raps, songs, reader's theaters scripts, etc. for students in the lower grades.
Wonderful ideas, Patricia!! Thanks for sharing.