Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hot Reads

Wow! 8 days into school and the Hot Reads are snatched off the shelf!  I introduced Hot Reads to my class yesterday and they have been asking me ever since to do the book drawing!

Hot Reads is a section in my classroom library where I display books.  The books I choose to display are:
  • books that I have read
  • many of my previous students have read
  • currently popular
  • a student did a book commercial about a certain book
  • or...they have not been picked to read in a LONG time.
Once I have two books chosen to be displayed, I do a book commercial.  A book commercial takes about 2 minutes, and could easily be done during any free moment because we have a lot of those... :).  I hold up a book and give just enough detail so that the kids want to read it, but not enough to spoil the book.  I always tell the students it is like a movie trailer, just give enough information to make your classmates want to read it!  After the book commercial, students can sign up to "win" the Hot Read.  I have two rules for the book drawing: 1. You must be present to win. 2. You may only have one Hot Read book at a time.

After modeling book commercials, students can start doing book commercials as they finish their books.  This gets kids passing books around the room, which drives conversations about books! Win, Win!

                           Hot Reads Display BEFORE          Hot Reads Display AFTER

FUN STORY: Today, at library check out, after about 5 minutes of my class being in the library, the librarian came up to me and asked, "What is this book The Emerald Atlas?"  I told her that it is a book I did a book commercial for in my classroom yesterday.  Within 5 minutes she had about 6 of my students go up to her and ask if the library had The Emerald Atlas.  Yet again, proving that Hot Reads drive student's desire to read.  I highly suggest you try it in your classroom!

Happy second week of school!

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