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Favorite Book Challenge


August 13, 2003

Found In: reading, sustained silent reading, reading activities, programs & events

I taught at a middle school with low-level readers. We had a 20-minute SSR period every day. Both teachers and students struggled with it, so I decided to issue a challenge to my students. They thrived on challenges, especially when I was a participant, and I allowed them to set the stakes of this challenge.

I challenged them both collectively and individually to read a certain amount of books per quarter, adjusted according to their levels. They challenged me to read their favorite books, many of which I had never read. Each student listed his/ her favorite book, and I was to read at least 5 a quarter (in a 20 student class). There were rewards or consequences for achieving or not achieving the assigned goals. It did help my students and a few other teachers did similar things in their rooms.

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