The Power of Predictability
|Hand, Hand, Finger, Thumb by Dr. Seuss|
Along a similar line of the power of predictability is the power of familiarity. Students who are new to independent reading love to consumer different series of books. Mystery is a great genre to read in a series. The young reader is familiar with the characters and settings and enjoy trying to problem solve and then move onto the next installment. Even as adults many of us enjoy reading series, my recent favourite has been the Game of Thrones. The great thing about mystery series is they appeal to all age and even some of the classics you may have read as a child like Nancy Drew or the Famous Five have been given a face lift to appeal to this next generation. For reluctant readers, the Famous Five even have a TV show so the reader could watch the show and read a book to help them with their comprehension and confidence. Ask your independent reader if they've brought home a series to try, and you can discuss the clues and solve the mystery!
After reading last week's article about 'A Year of Reading the World' I was inspired by the project. Having our students read a book from every country sounds wonderful but also impractical on many levels. Instead I twisted the idea and my goal is to have students connect to other students globally to discuss books. Hopefully this project will encourage our students to use technology effectively and communicate their love and understanding of literature.