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10 January 2014 @ 09:20 am
Intention-al, Part V  
If you have not read the previous posts in this series, they came about after Paul Hankins posed some questions on Facebook. "What do I mean when I say I love young people's literature? What do I need to do to replicate the way I come to books and understand books and retain narrative for my readers in the room? What can I do to get into the ear of the powers that be to make sure more quality titles from this demographic are included on "official" reading lists? What might ONE YEAR of independent reading look like for a student?"


It is now time for the final question posed by Paul: What might one year of independent reading look like for a student?


I think some possible answers can be seen in the postings of the members of The Centurions. Several years ago Paul asked his friends on Facebook to join him in a challenge to read 111 books in 2011. Here is the Facebook page that was established: https://www.facebook.com/groups/243348159758/. Each year, the challenge was extended, adding one more book to the goal. Alternatively, I know many folks who use Goodreads to set goals and track them. What I love about the Centurions is that I get a gentle reminder each month to post out what I have read to the FB page. That has resulted in my keeping a month by month list of books I have read for the past 3 years. I now automatically add a book to my running lists as complete the reading. I am able to go back and look at the lists and pull a book for a recommendation, etc. But first and foremost, this is a living document of my reading. If you take a look at the archives here, you can see my month by month lists since January 2011.

The Facebook page has become a treasure trove for all of us. Look at just the comments from one entry by Mindi Rench:

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Follow along down the page and see recommendations, goals, questions, answers, and so much more. What if we set up a page like this for our students, a page where they could record what they were reading, what they were thinking about the reading? A place to share with others? Not just a page to list books and see who read the most (counterproductive) but a place to SHARE. What would that look like?

I hope it would reflect that students were free to read any book they wanted to read. CHOICE. I hope it would reflect that some books were abandoned while others went to that special shelf that holds our touchstone books. RESPONSE. I hope that students talked about getting lost in books. IMMERSION. I hope that some books were ones they read because of a teacher recommendation. DEMONSTRATION.

What would those lists look like? Why not find out?

Thanks, Paul, for the great questions.
 
 
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