On Thursday, February 1, students from Mrs. Speicher's 7th Grade English class visited 6th and 8th grade classes to promote World Read Aloud Day. Every day in Mrs. Speicher's class, the students enjoy the reading of a picture book. Some days Mrs. Speicher reads, other days students volunteer to read to the class - Mr. Lyons has even been a guest reader! When asked why she uses picture books with middle schoolers, Mrs. Speicher responded, "Reading is reading whether it is novels, picture books, or magazines. Students at any level can relate to a picture book, and since these texts aren't intimidating to the students, they are more comfortable discussing them and analyzing the features. Plus some of them we just read because they are funny!"
So far this year, Mrs. Speicher has received two grants to purchase books for her classroom: one through DonorsChoose and the other a CV Education Foundation GIVE Grant. She also spoke at the recent PAMLE Conference along with 7th Grade Learning Support Teacher Amanda White on the topic.
So, for World Read Aloud Day, volunteers shared one of their favorite stories from the year with other students to promote literacy. Students shared a statistic with each class from the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, "Reading aloud to children every day puts the almost a year ahead of children who do not receive daily read alouds regardless of parental income, education level or cultural background."
Madison Crump chose The Bad Seed by Jory John because "It shows that no matter who you are you can always choose to be happy."
When asked about why he volunteered to read to 6th graders, Ben Teti said, "I really enjoy reading the books each day in Mrs. Speicher's class, so I wanted to share that with 6th graders, and I got to go visit Mr. Krivanek!"
Joey Domen not only read once, but twice when he filled in when another student was out sick for another class. When asked about the experience he said, "My experience reading to the 6th and 8th Grade was great. The 6th graders really got into the book They really really liked how it ended, and they were a great audience. The 8th graders were great as well. They laughed every time something funny happened, and Mrs. Jensema liked the book as well. It overall was a positive experience for me and for the students. "
Thank you to the following students for their participation: Joey Domen, Josh Byers, Maddie Crump, Zoe Carlo, Ryan Piovesan, Sean Maddix, Luca Mascelino, Alaina Halbleib, Max Trainor, Brendan Cruz, Samantha Frederick, Antonio Gonzalez, Ellie Perkowski, Sheldyn Zrelak, Joey Vanzin, Brady Joling, Ben Teti, Roni Leber, and Francesco Gattecca!
For more information on World Read Aloud Day, check out the link http://www.litworld.org/wrad/.