For the Love of Reading: The Power of Student Choice

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Dr. Hue-An Wren  
Explore ways to engage students in free reading choice, which then leads to a foundation of reading for joy. Strategies will highlight tech-infused and analog projects that students can do before, during and after reading.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Instructional design & delivery
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: Language arts
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
  • Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this presentation is to change the way teachers look at independent reading activities. There are so many tools available for students to "show what they know" with and without technology. By focusing on the literary elements, teachers can foster a love of reading by offering students the choice to read what they want, regardless of their "Level". Teachers will also foster a love of reading by having them discuss and share literary elements of their chosen books in a multitude of platforms. This session will highlight why this strategy is effective and the different ways it can be be implemented in the classroom.

After working together on an implementation plan, participants will see a variety of book projects that focus on different literary elements. Some projects require a lot of technical skill and others require none at all. Students can choose the level that they are most interested in.


(10 min) The power of free choice in reading:
- The research behind providing choice in independent reading activities.
- Accountability and how it's done in this type of learning.

(15 min) Possible implementation plans/schedules:
- Ways you can implement this type of independent reading (in class as well as homework reading)
- How to teach each tool? Strategies for teaching the different tools students will use.
- Build your menu/choice board. Strategies for creating a menu for students to choose from. Over time, the menu will grow and they will have a plethora of tools to choose from.

(30 min) What does it look like?
- Sample activities using a variety of projects. Participants will vote on the tool that they want to see modeled.

(5 min) Reflection
-What will you do tomorrow? What parts of today's presentation can you make your own?

Supporting research

Atwell, N. (1998). In the middle: New understandings about writing, reading, and learning. Boynton. Cook Publishers, Inc., A Subsidiary of Reed Elsevier Inc, 361, 03801-3912.

Daniels, H. (2002). Literature circles: Voice and choice in book clubs and reading groups. Stenhouse Publishers.

UCI Writing Project and their implementation of book clubs

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Dr. Hue-An Wren, Garden Grove Unified School District

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