Below are my suggestions for how to fill up your "reading tool box".
1. Books on display 24/7. Change them up weekly.
This is my display case of high interest books. I consider this my reading advertising spot. This is located front and centre in my classroom to keep the student's eyes on books. They can browse this shelf at lunch time or if they finish a task early. I love the Scholastic Top 10 Series! Great for grades 4-8.
3. High Interest News Articles. This newspaper article wall gets updated a few times a week. I get one of Canada's national daily papers to my classroom each day. I found that it was just sitting on my white board ledge and not being read. Now I tear out articles that might interest my students and they are reading up a storm!
4. Student Created Posters. I had store bought reading posters up, but this year my student created posters are a hit!
5. Genre reminder anchor board. This helps students remember to read a variety of genres.
6. High Interest Reading Assignments. My students read a different genre every month and complete different activities based on choice and interest. To see more information on these assignments click on the photos above.
7. Student choice on reading material! Provide choice for major student readings: literature circles, reading groups, book reports. A little as choosing between two or three books helps engage students and enables them to control their own learning.
Next week I am going to change the top row of my display shelf to showcase these Best of 2012 books.
What is in your literacy tool box? Feel free to comment below.