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Don't know if this is part of your plan, but my wife teaches 7th grade and has a "free read" period pretty much every day. Everybody has to read a book for 20 minutes. Any book (not comics, but otherwise pretty much open). She models how to do it by reading herself (wish I could get paid for that!), and has also re-invigorated her school's library by taking the kids to it so they can get books and do research.
by asdf on Thu Dec 11th, 2008 at 12:01:40 AM EST
This is one thing we're trying to start doing.

In my mid-level reading/writing class, this semester we read one book together, "How to be a Perfect Person in Three Days," slowly, with worksheets.  Then I had the kids pick out a book themselves.  They read in class, and at home if dedicated, and then in class work on either word lists or chapter summaries.  It's going pretty well.

by Zwackus on Thu Dec 11th, 2008 at 07:11:28 AM EST
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