"I have always imagined that Paradise will be some kind of library." ~ Jorge Luis Borges

Thursday, March 19, 2015

How to Read a Story : Part Two

The second graders and I read How to Read a Story by Kate Messner today. The students loved the book. The illustrations highlight the humor in the narrative. While reading the book, we would stop and recount the steps.
Prior to reading the book we reflected on our lesson last week and the steps in reading a book that the students created.
After reading the How to Read a Story, the students fine-tuned the drafts of the class stories they created during last week's lesson. Check them out, they're great. I'd like to read with these students, What about you?

Ceglia: How to Read a Story

1. Go to the library
2. Ask for a book recommendation from a friend or the librarian
3. Find a Book
4. Get the book from a bookshelf
5. Make sure you like the book
6. Read the title
7. Open the cover
8. Read the description on the flap/back
9. Read the table of contents, if it has one
10. Do a picture walk
11. Read the first page to make sure you can read it well
12. Repeat steps 1 -9 to find a second book
13. Find a reading buddy you will enjoy reading with
14. Make sure they like the story
15. Check it out
16. Begin to read
17. Read with enthusiasm and expression
18. Stop and talk about the book with your buddy
19. Enjoy the adventure
20. When you finished reading, say, “The End.”
21. If you like the book, read it again!
22. Bring the book back to the library and start all over again

**Thank the librarian
**Remember the books to find them another time

Ramgren: How to Read a Story

1. Find a Friend to Read With
2. Explore the library
3. Find a book that interests you
4. Scan the pictures
5. Look at the table of contents
6. Read the first page
7. Make sure it is a good fit 
8. Find a cozy spot to read
9. Open the book to the first page
10. Take turns reading with a friend
11. Read with expression
12.  Voice the characters
13. Make sure you can both see the pictures
14. Look at the pictures to help you sound out words you don’t know 
15. Talk about the book with your friend, try to predict what will happen next.
16. If it is a nonfiction book, look at the index and glossary
17. Go back and find the information that you might have missed
18. When you are done say, “The End.”
19. Make sure to thank your friend for reading with you
20. If you really liked it, repeat Steps 1-21… again
21. Read another book, maybe by the same author
22. If you liked the book, suggest it to a friend

** Read a lot everyday and you will become a better reader

Jones: How to read a story

1. Find a book
2. Find a friend or a pet who might like to read your book with you
3. Take a picture walk
4. Read the title and author/illustrator and look at the picture
5. Read the summary on the flap or back
6. If you don’t want to read this book, go back to step 1.
7. Find a quiet place to read
8. Dig into the story and take notice of the plot
9. Try to read the book, if you need help ask your friends
10. If you come across a hard word, sound it out or use the picture clues
11. Try strategies to figure out a word, “Does it look right, does it sound right, does it make sense.”
12. Read the pages slowly
13. Focus on your reading
14. Read with expression
15. Compare the characters and settings
16. Take a break if you need it
17. If people are loud, ask them nicely to be quiet
18. Read for a while
19. At the end of the book, think about whether you liked it or not
20. If you like the story, you should read it again or recommend it to a friend

**instead of watching tv, you can read a book
**if there is a movie of your book, you can watch it and find the differences

Thayer: How to Read a Story

1. Ask a friend or a teacher for a recommendation
2. Choose a story
3. Look at the cover illustration and read the title
4. Read the description on the flap or on the back 
5. Look through the book/picture walk
6. Read the first pages of the book
7. Decide if you like the book, if you do not go back to Step 1.
8. Find a cozy reading spot
9. Start to read the story
10. Sound out words you don’t know
11. Look at pictures for clues
Stop and think about what is happening
12. Think about the story and make predictions
13. Make predictions about the story
14. Think about what a character should sound like
15. Wonder about the book
16. Imagine what the setting and characters look like.
17. Finish the story -don’t forget to say, “the end”
18. If you liked the story, go back and read it again!
19. Look for other stories like the one you just read or, if it is a series, look for another book in the series.
20.  If you liked the story, tell a friend about it.

**cover art needed

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