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Opening the Door for Reading: Sharing Favorite Texts to Build Community

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Opening the Door for Reading: Sharing Favorite Texts to Build Community

Grades 3 – 6
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Lisa Storm Fink

Lisa Storm Fink

Urbana, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English



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Use literacy skills to make connections among those in your classroom with this lesson that focuses on building classroom community by sharing favorite texts with one another. In this lesson, the class explores environmental print then focuses specifically on a teacher-created display on a favorite book. After exploring the teacher's display, students write about their own favorite book, genre, or author. Students then select one of several options for making a display of their favorite book to share with the class. After creating their own presentations, students share them with the class and complete peer- or self-assessments. The lesson presents a fun way for teachers to share their love of literature with students and for the students to get to know their teachers as a reader.

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Comic Creator: This online tool allows students to easily create and print comic strips.

Multigenre Mapper: Students use this online tool to create multigenre, multimodal texts that include a drawing and three written texts. They can name the genres for each section, making the tool flexible for multiple writing activities.

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How do we inspire students to share what they are reading with others while also sharing their emotions associated with the texts? By modeling! In their Primary Voices article, Joyce Dyer, Angie Lovedahl, and Tina Conley describe how they share their love of literature with their students. The authors elaborate, "Every year Tina is sure to read Tina the Ballerina to her students and tell them how, as a young girl, this book made her love reading. It had her name in it, and she loved it for just that reason and carried it everywhere. Connections are so important to readers. Joyce shares her connection to Charlotte's Web when she tells students all about the farm where her daddy worked. They had pigs there, she tells them, and of course they always want to know, 'Did they kill any of the pigs?' Questions like this set book talk in motion for her students. Angie likes to let students in on her responses to her "grown-up" reading." (29)

In this lesson plan, teachers also share their love of literature-first by decorating the classroom door and then by talking to the students about their choices and emotions. This modeling helps students as they follow in the teacher's footsteps.

Further Reading

Dyer, Joyce, Angie Lovedahl, and Tina Conley. "Talking About Books Right From the Start: Literature Study in First, Second, and Third Grade." Primary Voices 9.1 (August 2000): 27-33.

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