My sixth graders love being read aloud to – I don’t think you can ever be too old to enjoy being read to – and I love the whole ritual, too: choosing the book, talking it up, gathering thoughts and ideas about what we may learn, and then the actual act of it. I’ll admit, I practice voices and note dramatic pauses, I prepare. It’s not as spontaneous as my kids think it is.
We begin the year with two read alouds: Patricia Polacco’s Thank You, Mr. Falker and Paul Fleischman’s Weslandia – two books that set the stage for the place I hope our room to be: a safe and nurturing place where we can learn a lot about a lot , where we can grow as learners and people. We have read alouds all through the year – mentor texts, news articles, poetry, and novels every time we begin a new genre exploration.
Right now, we in the midst of investigating historical fiction, and are reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. It is intense – we are deep into the world of Bruno and Shmuel, growing theories about characters, plot lines and messages. We are doing a lot of thinking work:
…but we are also just loving the story.
I can’t wait to visit classrooms around the blogosphere today to learn about how teachers and students around the world are celebrating this LitWorld message:
Literacy is a human right that belongs to all people….
Literacy is the foundation for emotional and physical well-being, intellectual growth, and economic security. The right to read and write is a fundamental human right and belongs to all people.