By reading a book a day, students can be introduced to a lot more books. What you do is take a book and literally rip it apart. You can do this by chapter or by a couple of chapters depending on how long the book is. Divide the class into small groups. Give each group a section of the book that they are in charge of reading. When each group is done, they will describe and draw pictures of what happened in their chapter, on butcher paper that you have hung up around the room. Then as a whole class, you can go over the entire book. You have now read a book in a day. Students will read the book assigned. The student will be able to list the main characters from the book, and the part they played. The student will be able to describe the overall theme, setting and plot of the book. Students will be able to know specifics about one or two chapters, and get the general idea of the rest of the book, and Report to the rest of the class, in detail, about the section of the book they read.
One book (whatever you want your class to read)
Butcher Paper Markers
Introduce the book to the class.
In front of the class (this is very important because they love to actually see it) rip the book apart by chapter or every other chapter, depending on the length of the book or the size of your class.
Divide the students into groups of three or four. Have them read their assigned section, take notes in their journals, and discuss what happened.
When they are through reading their section, they can draw pictures or write words on the butcher paper that you have hung around the room, describing what they read.
Once every group has finished, go over the book as a whole class. Each group can talk about their part when you get to that part of the story. You should have the entire story hung up around the room, and everyone should feel as though they have read the whole book.
Ask students about the characters of the book. Ask them about plot, setting, theme, description, etc. Ask students what they thought of the book. What did they like/dislike? Ask students what they would want to change if they wrote the book. Talk about the author, and see if students have read any other works by the author.
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