Literacy Pursuit. An Independent Reading Program By Miranda Cryns , Jolene Stensland , Ian Ogden, Alyssa Tormala. Overview. We have developed seven categories in literature that we want students to become familiar with. Each category
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An Independent Reading Program
Miranda Cryns, Jolene Stensland, Ian Ogden,
We have developed seven categories in literature that
we want students to become familiar with. Each category
correlates to a different word-based board game. Students
may read books of their choice, but in order to win the game
they must complete six of the seven pieces.
Apples to Apples=Series
Elements of Competition
Elements of Cooperation
This foundational model lends itself to a lot of development and creativity on the part of the educator. Some fun ideas to up the ante:
1- Turn a wall in the room into a board where student pieces are being moved around. They may not have a die that determines their movements, but they could have a visual representation of their progress.
2- “Chance” cards could be an option. Each chance card could require a mini-challenge. Examples: player must read one poem and identify which category it would fall under or player must bring in the title of another book by the author they last read
3- As mentioned before, an incentive game-day could replace one of the in-class reading times, goals may be set by the teacher or the student, but either way, students will see it as a chance to play.
It’s the game where everyone’s the winner!
The primary concept behind Independent Reading Programs is getting kids motivated to read, and allowing them the space and time to do it. This game makes reading fun and allots time to do it, but the extra element of analysis makes the game especially educational.
Students are encouraged to learn to read with a critical eye. Students who are naturally aesthetic readers may find a challenge in adopting a lens through which to read. This level of sophistication in reading is expected at the secondary level.
Whether the game is introducing these ideas to Middle School students or reiterating them to High School seniors, the skill of writing about a book from a particular perspective is necessary and important.
This game takes the risk and rigor and makes it fun, cooperative and visual.
Scarlet Letter by Nathanial HawthorneTheir Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale HurstonThe Giver by Lois LowryA Wrinkle in Time by Margaret L'Engle
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie
Night by Elie Wiesel
Recommended Titles—Book Lists
Freakanomics by Steven LevittBird by Bird by Anne LamottNickel and Dimed by Barbara EhrenreichI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
In to the Wild by Jon Krakauer
A Lust for Life by Irving Stone
The Color of Water by James McBride
Apples to Apples =
Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls WilderSong of the Lioness series by Tamora PiercePercy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick RiordanThe Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff KinneyCirque du Freak by Darren ShanThe Ugliesby Scott WesterfeldCity of Ember by Jeanne DuPrauShadow Children by Margaret Peterson HaddixArtemis Fowl by EoinColferDark Tower series by Stephen KingRedwall by Brian Jacques
Diction-rich texts- green
The Color Purple by Alice WalkerMuch Ado About Nothing by William ShakespeareGood Night, Mr. Tom by Michelle MagorianThe Outsiders by S.E. HintonElijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul CurtisA Clockwork Orange by Anthony BurgessNo Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Charms for the Easy Life by Kaye GibbonsThe Great Gatsby by F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Joy Luck Club by Amy TanA Thousand Acres by Jane SmileyCrash by Jerry SpinelliAmazing Adventures of Cavalier and Clay by Michael ChabonFrankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Remix: Conversations with Immigrant Teenagers by Mariana BudhosThe Surrender Tree by Margarita EngleOur Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azerrad
The Nick Adams Stories by Earnest Hemingway
African-American Poetry: An Anthology, 1773-1927 Ed. by Joan R. Sherman.
Cranium= Wild card
Students may get this piece for identifying a different element of literature their book falls under that is not mentioned