Monday, May 11, 2009

Choice in Reading

Does your teacher give you a choice in reading assignments in your language arts class? If so, do you like that? If not, should kids get some choice?

98 comments:

  1. No & Yes because some kids dont really like to read or they just dont have the time.

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  2. No,Our Teacher does not give us choices to pick the books we want to read.I wish she would because the books she picks are boring and the books we choose we will like it.

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  3. YES,my teacher does let me pick choices so we can enjoy books and assignments.We should get choices because we like picking our own books,not boring books.

    Dennis segovia
    northbrook middle
    6th

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  4. No, my teacher doesn't give us choices of reading an assignment. So what I'm saying is that I think teachers should let us decide what books we want to read.

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  5. If you could a couple of books to read what would they be?

    Out of curiousity, can you tell me what you are reading that is boring? Maybe we can do something about that if we know which books you really don't care for.

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  6. Yes, my teacher lets us choose. Yes, I like choices very much, because I read fast and I like to get plenty of books!

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  7. iRmA gArCiA!!

    We can choose the books that we may like. I wouldn't like that my language arts teacher choose my books because may be we dont have the same likes. I do think kids should get some reading choice because maybe the would like to read more.

    lOvE, iRmA!!

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  8. Raquel♥ said...
    I like to choose my book because, if she choose's my book i may not like it and i wont pay much attencion to the book, as i will if i choose the book LOVE RAQUEL G.♥ jiji:)

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  9. Yes our teacher does give us freedom in choosing our reading assignments. I like it because we get to choose what we like. I also like it because we don't feel pressured on doing something we don't enjoy. I apreciate my teacher giving us the choice to choose.

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  10. yes, my teacher lest me chose my reading assiments. I like that a lot becose then I can choose a book on a diffrint subget

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  11. It seems like many of you get to select your books- that is great! We want you all to enjoy reading. I am glad to hear this.

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  12. My teacher sometimes has two reading assignments for the class. I likes when she does that.

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  13. Thanks for the comment! I love it when teachers let kids read more than one book. That is exciting!

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  14. Yes my te@cher let us pick a book to re@d contoble. And my favorit tink 2 do is MATH,SPELLING. But my favorit tink is Math and spelling.

    I am an housman elemantal!!!

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  15. In My language arts class in english LA/SS we get tons and awesome variety at WAIS. I love the books I get to pick. On the other hand, since I'm in Dual Language, I get LA/SS also in Spanish and I do have to say our teacher assigns us books, which I really don't like since its not my thing for that certian topic. I feel people should have choice to read what they want and have loads of variety so people can actually enjoy what they are reading. As a strong reader myself, I have different opinions in what I like and don't like to read. So if anybody, even a teacher, may read this blog, I hope they will understand and allow more choice in what we read, so people won't get bored with what they are reading. So any student can find reading as something fun and a everyday thing! Thanks for this page and all the questions.
    Elizabeth 6th grader at Westchester Academy

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  16. WAIS is a great school- don't worry about teachers reading this...they understand that kids have a right to their own opinions. I love that you have your own ideas about what you like and don't like- good for you! How do you like dual language at middle school?

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  17. My LA teacher gave us 6 choices of books we could read. He told us to pick our top three favorite and almost everyone got their top two choices. I think giving us a choice of what to read is good for students because then they will most likely enjoy the book. And if we complain then my teacher can just say "Hey, you picked it!"

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  18. whats up my homeskillin biscuit. its yo boy mgmt

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  19. Its pretty cool that they have Dual Language at WAIS considering I've done it since kinder thats how I got in through my spanish. Well to start my day I get science in spanish although I would much perfer english since it is my first language but I do like it I learned so many words I had never even known it existed and for Electives I have dual language for language arts in spanish. I do like it. We have a book called "Sendas" that we read spanish readings from and we have work book of the same name where we answer questions from stories we read from the story. The thing I like the best that other kids in my class dread is the projects we get. Although we are reading the same book right now before then we got to pick a book we wanted to read then we did a cool book report like for example he gives us a list of body parts like nose,ears, arms ect. and we answer questions like what does the main character do with those certinan parts and we put it all in a little booklet we make its really cool and fun. I HIGHLY recommend to send kids to WAIS for the dual language program its awesome!!
    Elizabeth 6th grade Westchester Academy

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  20. Yes, but we have to earn the privelege.

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  21. Hi Elizabeth-
    Wow! WAIS is a pretty cool place to be- I agree. I bet science is kind of hard in your second language. I am glad you like the projects- I wonder why the other kids dread them? Do you have flexibility in the kinds of projects you do or does your teacher assign the project to you? Do you use lots of technology in your projects?

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  22. Elizabeth from WAISMay 18, 2009 at 4:38 PM

    Well In science we get all types of options we can use, we can use flipcharts, animation and jeopardy its really fun. We also use lots of technology. We use all the options and we use the computer and books. Right now we are doing a project on space. Well my group is, because we either got the water cycle or space and I choose Space with the topic of comets. My partner and I agreed to a animation. It's so cool. In english for LA/SS our teacher tells us to a certian way to do the project but we get different choices, which is awesome. We get to pick a partner and we pick a 2 countries to study about and we are going to make a photo story. We got Italy and Switzerland. We just finished the electronic journal and tomorrow we are starting the photo story. I am so exited!! Language Arts in spanish- we are doing the SAME book, the SAME project, which I find very boring. The cool thing is that the project we ALL HAVE TO DO is a popup book, which I just started today. Overall, its pretty cool. I really don't know why some kids dislike these projects. They are really fun. I can't wait to finish my projects!
    Elizabeth 6th grade Westechester Academy

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  23. Yes, she lets us choose books that we want to read. We really like having choices.

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  24. Sometime she lets us choose. We like having choices because we can pick a book we enjoy reading.

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  25. I do have a choice in reading in my language arts class. I like it because you get a choice of what you would like to read. Instead of reading a book that you dont find interesting that way when you get your choice you will keep reading the book.

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  26. Yeah We Get A Choice, I'm Lovin' it! My Mom Works At WAIS ;P

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  27. Yeah We Get A Choice, I'm Lovin' it! My Mom Works At WAIS ;P

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  28. I am so glad to hear that you all get choice in reading- that is fabulous! Really, we want you all to enjoy reading. Any favorite authors??

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  29. yes my teacher does give me a choice of reading any book i like. I actually do really like that because i get to choose any book im intrested in and i dnt have to read a boring book!

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  30. man my teachers gives so many choices, that i cant even finish a book before i start the nextone... hehe..

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  31. Yes, my teacher lets me choose what I would like to read. I like that because I don't like every type of genre so it's nice to be able to read and also enjoy my book.

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  32. i like to choose what i am reading beacause i do not like teachers saying that i have to read what i don"t like

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  33. man my teachers gives me so many choices that i can't even finish a book before i start the next one.. hehe.

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  34. Thanks JB to let us choose what we want to read, from SWMS.

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  35. Yes she does give us a choice to pick what book we want so we could read abook we like and if u didnt like it we could return the book and get a better one.I love to get wat book I want for example the book Crank is a really cool book and I like it

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  36. yes and i like that because if you are gonna read a book, it would a book that you like. you dont want to read a book that is boring, not interesting, and just not you.

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  37. sometimes she lets us choose and other times we dont.

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  38. our teacher gives us a choice in reading an its great to read something we enjoy

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  39. =D =) Yes because she lets us choose wat we want. =) =D

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  40. I am glad to hear that most of you do get a choice in your reading- it should be that way. If you don't, I would be curious to know why you think the teacher doesn't give you choice? It is really hard to be made to read something you cannot stand, YUK!

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  41. I go to springwoods and my LA teacher always lets me pick out the books I want. She's really good at teaching too. She respects are descions and understand us.

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  42. yes and im glad to because if she were to pick our books it would be bad cause she dont know wat books we like

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  43. Yes...and no. We get to choose what NOVELS we want to read, but we're not allowed to read manga (japanese graphic novels). In Japan, manga is taken more seriously than the American equalvilant of comic books. Manga is just as helpful (if not MORE helpful) to students who find reading boring (such as my sister). And some American graphic novels are very good for reading,too. When me and my sister go to the library, she ALWAYS gets graphic novels. When my sister comes to SWMS next year, I want her to be able to pick whatever books she wants to read, whether graphic novels or normal novels. So, I would really appreciate if manga and other graphic novels would be conisidered appropriate reading material. Oh, and thank you for taking the time to read my comment.

    -Raquel Yusef
    Spring Woods Middle School, grade 8

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  44. yes she lets us choose our own book.
    i wouldnt read it if i dont like it..
    im bored and wanna get on myspace.!!
    --sophia:)

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  45. I think we should get a choice in choosing our assignments because the teachers always get to choose. Sometimes the assignment is hard

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  46. Yes she lets us choose what we want tu read

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  47. Yes, our teacher let us pick the books. Students should be allowed to choose their books. Theres a bigger chance that kids will be involed in reading.

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  48. Sometimes, because she makes us read other books when we have to work with other kids and when it's individual we can choose any book we want to read or we enjoy.

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  49. Sometimes my teacher gives my class choices in my reading assignments, but i enjoy what she picks out for us to read.

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  50. yes my teacher gives me a choice to read any book i want it makes it really fun in her class

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  51. My teacher gives me a choice on what reading assignments to do and i like that

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  52. Sometimes she does, we go to the library and she lets us choose any book we want.Other times she gives us a book that we need to read in class

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  53. yea the teacher lets us choose our own books&Thatsz Kool i guess;D

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  54. My teacher lets us choose our own book,because she know we will choose a good one. We use the five finger rule to let us know if the book is good.SWMS

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  55. Yes she does!!!Our teacher does let us choose any book we can get.She also gives us books we can read as a class.Good books.SWMS

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  56. My old teacher Ms. Stambler was the best. She made language arts fun.

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  57. This year I have a good teacher named Ms.McClure. She is awsome.SWMS

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  58. Did you use to work in Katy

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  59. Yes our teacher allows us to chose what we read. BUT I think that all the teachers who dont allow their kids to chose their own reading should be talked to by their supervisers and be delt with. For example they shoul be evaluated.

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  60. yea ms.mcclure lets us choose what we want to read..its cool i guess:)

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  61. What are the most popular things that kids like to read?

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  62. Yeah..for the most part, our teacher lets us read whatever we want as long as it is school appropriate and as long as we try to stick to our reading level. Sometimes she will give us something that we need to read for class, but that's pretty much it.

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  63. I think that we should choose our own type of book. Because if Youh Dont Like The Book Your Not Going To Want To Read It. But Ms.McClure Lets us Read What We Want.

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  64. Yes, she let's us pick what book we want to read. Which is very cool. I like it because if we read the books she chose for us, they'd probably be boring. So we enjoy picking our own books.

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  65. yesz she lets us choose our books but sometimes we have to read what she qives us. Somtimes its fun but other times is borinq.
    SWMS

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  66. yes my teacher does let me choose what i can read.. i do like that because i can read something i will enjoy and actually be into the book and maybe i would want to really read it because i dont like reading that much

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  67. Chousing your book is more fun 'cause if chousen for you, youmight not like the book.

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  68. I think more people like to read adventure books. I like to read mistery. Its cool & it actuallly entertains me.:)

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  69. yea i have ms.Mcclure and she lets us read whatever we want.....thats what makes her class fun! HI INGRID =)

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  70. I think you are a good and intellectual person. When we, the Spring Woods MS students get the I Touch is there a way to take them to our house to use them?

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  71. yes Ms.mcclure are LA teacher does lets us chose boks and a gess its cool.

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  72. Yea, in our LA class Ms.McClure lets us read any book we want and thats cool for me I think.

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  73. YES, My teacher lets us read whatever we want that's pretty cool(I think)...well my teacher lets us but it has to be the grade level u read!

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  74. My teacher lets us choose our books and i guess its cool.I personly dont like to read.Im happy that our teacher lets us pick our book so that im not reading something boring.When u asked about what kids like to read.I like to read books by this author named Scott Westerfeld.Ive read two of his books.Peeps is one of his books that is about vampires and The last Days that is also about vampires.Right now im on my third book named So Yesterday which is about a kid who's boss goes missing.Thank you for making this site to communicate with us.

    -Jessica C.-

    SWMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CHYEA GO HAWKS!

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  75. Can you come to Spring Woods MS so you can talk to us a little bit more about what you you do?

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  76. I think Realistic Fiction

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  77. Chosing your book is better 'couse if the book is chosen, you might not like it.

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  78. YES MS.MCclURE qiVES US thE ChANCE Of PiCkiNq ARE bOOkS ..CAUSE WAtS thE fUN Of REAdiNq A bOOk dhAt YOU dONt WANNA REAd....& YES i thiNk WE ShOUld hAVE thE ChOiCE Of PikCiNq thE bOOkS WE WANt...
    ♥bECkY VASqUEZ

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  79. Anime is awsome!!! XDDD

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  80. Our teacher, Ms. McClure lets us read good books and gives us a little piece of what the books are about.

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  81. yes my teacher lets us pick which ever book we want and thats really good because im very picky about what i read

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  82. OMG I LOVE SCHOOL XD

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  83. My teacher let us choose our own books. But one change I'd like to see is for students to select their own book for summer readind. I hate having to choose from a book pre choosen for me.

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  84. I would love to meet Ms. McClure- she sounds awesome!

    Yes, I would love to come to your school and talk to you about what I do. Talk to your teacher or principal and ask when we can do that. WOuld love to meet all of you!

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  85. It would be so awsome if you came to our school.We would really apperciate it!I loved this website so much i dicede to get on at home.I think its awsome what your doing to talk with the kids and make the schools better.
    Ms.McClure is cool.Please come and see us (:

    GO SWMS!!!HAWKS RULE!!

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  86. I LOVE TO READ ITS A PASSION!

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  87. hhheeeellllooooo i have not been reading a book because i have never had time for it because i was sick and in the hospital for almost a whole month and i could not read so yea:::::]]]]]]

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  88. my name is Iran Perez and my teahcher ms. Mclure is awsome. but i really would like to meet J.B. i hope u come to our school...

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  89. my teacher gives us a choice and i think all kids should have a choice beacause it says a lot about them and they should choose somethin that they like.!

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  90. Yeah I Like How She Lets Us Pick Are Own Books Because She Doesnt Knoe What Kind Of Books We Like! :}

    -Angie!

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  91. whoever put "anime is awesome", SO TRU!!!

    -Raquel

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  92. OMG jessica is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    :DDDD

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  93. Ms. McClure is a really good teacher. You chould meet her.

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  94. I would love to meet Ms. McClure- she sounds completely awesome! I am so glad that you all get choice in your reading. Music to my ears!

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  95. Hi JB sorry I havent commented it a while, been so busy with school lately. Well this year at WAIS, for dual language we had to read an assigned book AGAIN! UGH! Bur then my mom email my dual language teacher and asked him if I could read another book so now I'm reading a book called "Mas Alla de Mi" or in english "Reaching Out" by Fransico Jimenez, oh boy I read his 1st 2 books and they are awesome! My mom emailed him and she made an idea where different parents could donate books and help him out with getting new books for our class! You see the reason we have to read those books her gives us is because he doesn't have anyother ones and the WHOLE classed agreed that the book he gave us was just possitively BORING, with a capital everything! Well for english LA/SS my teacher (who is awesome) gives us many books to choose to read and it is so much fun. Kids should be able to read books that intrest then and not what the teacher gives them, because if the student finds a book that they enjoy the might accually read it, for those student who just arent readers!

    Love your blog!

    Elizabeth U.

    Westchester Academy for In'tl Studies 7th Grade

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