The usual questions:
“Do you like reading?”
“What genre of books do you like?”
“Have you tried…..?”
“What does reading mean to you?”
Imagine my delight when one voice piped up, “Reading is life!” And several students stood up in support and to be photographed for posterity!
But not all…..”What about sport?” someone asked and several others backed him up with “Life is sport!”
Difficult to argue with that… not so difficult to argue when someone very tentatively and mischievously came up with “Life is Fortnite!” Luckily with a decided twinkle in his eye. “Only a virtual life, not a real one.” I answered.
“Why can’t life be both reading and sport? Surely we can find time for both. The important thing is to find a balance.”
The whole class stood and posed for that one. Phew!!!!
By a happy Middle School Literature teacher!
Grade 6 has already started to demonstrate their varied skills in English Literature this term. They started with visualization; reading is not just words on a page but should create images in our mind and even actual pictures. They started by illustrating a poem by Roger McGough. They also showed off their dramatic skills by bringing their reading to life. However, amidst all this, they also survived being assessed for guided reading.
Grade 6 Literature teacher