The Reading Zone!By Nancie Atwell Amanda Goss & Tim Howle
The Reading Zone • To take poetic license from Rod Serling… • You're traveling through another dimension -- a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's a signpost up ahead: your next stop: the Reading Zone!
Key Concepts • Reading for Pleasure • The right to choose • The right to look ahead or to stop • Reading Workshops • This is a true paradigm shift!
What Atwell says about the Reading Zone! • http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/scholasticprofessional/authors/ta_atwell_readingzone.htm
What Atwell says about Student Choice! • http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/scholasticprofessional/authors/ta_atwell_studentchoice.htm
What Atwell says about creating passionate readers! • http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/scholasticprofessional/authors/ta_atwell_avidreaders.htm
It’s all about engagement! • Students must learn to enjoy and love reading. • Atwell believes in voluminous reading and the only way to do that is through student choice and interest. • Reading workshops are a great idea! • Book talks
What we need? • Better classroom libraries based on student interests. • Move away from classroom reading selections in which the entire class reads one selected book. • Invoke the “Pleasure Principle”!