I must confess that I have struggled with how to get the novels in and at times I wonder why the kids think it is so boring. Well, I have asked around about how people do it and tried a bit of what people suggested in class today. It was vastly improved. I think the secret to keeping the novels interesting is two-fold:
1. Only read for 10-15 min.
2. Keep a parallel story or personalize it to the class
Today, I kept it short and personalized and man it was so much more fun. Infact, I could notice a feeling from the students that said, “Okay, we’re done now.” At that point I just said with enthusiasm, “Okay, great work today!” and moved on to something else.
I am hoping that this will help keep the class more enthused about reading and that we will actually finish a novel. I am going to try to do this a couple times a week. I think that they need the feeling of continuing with a book. If you only read once a week it can be hard to finish the novel, plus the students don’t remember the plot as well and eventually loose interest. The key is to always have the class on a hook, always eager to want more. I hope to get there some day.