At the beginning of the year, before I talk to my students about how to pick a book, their book selections are all over the place. Some students will be trying to read and comprehend a book way past their level and others will be cruising on auto pilot with simple text. Sometimes students don’t know how to find a book they will be interested in. This is the presentation I will use to help them to choose books independently.
When creating this presentation, I used the rule of thirds, I limited the text, I used a simple design and I used memorable images. The images on slide 4,5 and 6 were not particularly memorable. I struggled with using stickier more memorable images or using images that display the idea being shared. I went with the images that more accurately display the ideas.
This is the presentation I created for my class. Giving the students clear and practical advice on how to choose a book has always proven useful in my class. I want my students to choose what books they want to read because they will be more motivated to read if it is their own selection. I also want them choosing books that are interesting and fit them well.
I have made notes on the Google presentation for each slide:
Slide 1: Picking a good book at the right level is the most important step in reading.
Slide 2: Ask your friends for recommendations. Most of the books I read come from recommendations from friends. After you can share about the book with your friend to learn more about the book and more about your friend.
Slide 3: What are you interested in? Reading a book that interests you will be easier and more enjoyable.
Slide 4: If a book won an award, then it will be a good read.
Slide 5: What books have your classmates recommended?
Slide 6: Is the book summary interesting to you? What have people blurbed about the book?
Slide 7: The Five Finger Rule
Read a page of the book and hold up finger every time you get to a word you don’t know.
0-1 fingers – the book is too easy
2-3 fingers – the book is right at your level
4-5 fingers – the book is too difficult